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Undergraduate and doctoral opportunities in biomedical engineering

Though undergraduate and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering are not offered, undergraduates and doctoral candidates work with world-class BME researchers every day in Ohio University laboratories and classrooms.

Undergraduates at Ohio University have the opportunity to prepare for a BME career through foundational education in a traditional engineering discipline and, frequently, through hands-on work in a biomedical engineering laboratory, where the faculty-to-student ratio is low.

Two recent graduates provide excellent illustrations of different, successful paths in BME that began with an undergraduate education at Ohio University.

The students, Jocelyn Marshall and Kristine Mayle, were undergraduate chemical engineering majors at Ohio University.  Both entered prestigious doctoral graduate programs and were named winners of 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.   These highly competitive fellowships provide three years of support in the form of a $30,000 annual stipend to each student and cost-of-education allowances of $10,500 to their current institutions. Marshall earned her bachelor's in chemical engineering and master's in BME, through the 4-1 option, at Ohio University and entered the BME PhD program at Cornell University. Mayle, after earning her Ohio University bachelor's degree, entered the BME PhD program at UCLA.  

Information about the 4-1 option is available at www.ohio.edu/engineering/biomedical/bme-4-1-option.cfm.

BME research at Ohio University is centered on three areas: cellular and biomolecular engineering; biomechanics; and biomedical information processing. Typically, though certainly not exclusively, students in the cellular and biomolecular engineering area have a background in chemical engineering or electrical engineering. Biomechanics typically attracts mechanical engineering students. Computer science majors usually populate the biomedical information processing is research area. Students working toward a doctoral degree in a traditional engineering program at Ohio University have the opportunity to conduct research in all of these areas.  

Students interested in a chemical engineering undergraduate path to a BME career should consider the chemical and biomolecular engineering department's biological track, which offers excellent preparation for graduate BME study at Ohio University or elsewhere. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/chemical/undergraduate/track-biological.cfm.

The Russ College also offers undergraduate and graduate certificates in bioinformatics (www.ohio.edu/bioinformatics/programs.cfm), an area of significant importance to biomedical engineering and life sciences research in general.

Please send any questions about undergraduate, master's, or doctoral opportunities in BME to Tom Riggs, Biomedical Engineering assistant, at riggst@ohio.edu or call him at 740-597-2797.

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