Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the Biomedical Engineering Society?

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is an interdisciplinary society established on February 1, 1968, in response to a manifest need to provide a society representing both biomedical and engineering interests. The ongoing vision of the Society is to be recognized as the preeminent professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. The Society’s mission is to provide value to its members and other constituencies by promoting the increase and utilization of biomedical engineering and bioengineering knowledge and by working for the advancement of the profession. For more information, visit History of BMES.

What are the benefits of belonging to BMES?

BMES membership benefits include access to three journals, the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Cellular and Molecular BioengineeringCardiovascular Engineering and Technology; the monthly Biomedical Engineering News, access to career-building information via BMES Career Connections, membership in various Special Interest Groups, outstanding education and networking benefits via the BMES Annual meeting and Regional Meetings, a members-only platform with searchable mentoring directory, ability to join various Society Committees and much more.  Click here for more information about membership.

Who are the members of BMES?

BMES members are the leaders and future leaders in biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Members are actively engaged in biomedical engineering research, development, and education. Several categories of membership are available:

  • Fellow - Fellow status is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering with a record of membership and participation in the Society. A portion of a fellow’s annual dues funds BMES student awards and other Society activities.
  • Member - Members must have a degree in biomedical engineering or a related field; must have conducted meritorious original research, development, application, or teaching in biomedical engineering; and must now be engaged in biomedical engineering. Additional candidates for membership must either be employed in biomedical engineering, conduct research or development in biomedical engineering or hold an academic degree in biomedical engineering or a related science.
  • Early-Career Member - Early-career membership is available to candidates who received a degree in biomedical engineering or a related science within three years of the date of application.
  • Student Member - Applicants currently enrolled as full-time students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in biomedical engineering or a related science may be admitted to student membership.

Should students join BMES?

Absolutely! In addition to access to our journals, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, and Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, BMES offers a diverse array of career services, including BMES Career Connection, chapters for local networking with peers, and many other benefits. Visit the Student and Chapters for more information.

How do I join BMES?

Easy!  Click here!

I am an international applicant. How does this affect my membership dues?

International members pay the same fees as domestic members.

I am a student member and want to subscribe to Annals of Biomedical Engineering or Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Are these journals included in my membership?

E-Access to all journals is included with your membership.

I am a student about to graduate.  How does this affect my membership status?

If you are an undergraduate who will be entering a graduate program in biomedical engineering or a related field, you still qualify for student membership. If you are an undergraduate who is beginning his or her career or a graduate student completing your degree, you now qualify for early-career membership.

Is there a BMES student chapter on my campus?  If not, how can I start a chapter?

BMES has over 80 active student chapters. A complete list can be found on the Student Chapters page. If there are no chapters near you, you may form a new chapter. Student chapters must have at least 10 members who are current, active members of BMES and a faculty adviser who is a Fellow or Member of BMES. Contact Jennifer Edwards for questions about starting a chapter.

Does BMES offer scholarships for students in biomedical engineering?

BMES does not have any scholarship programs. We do offer travel awards to participate in the BMES Annual Meeting and research and design awards for students presenting papers at the meeting. 

Have we answered your question? If you have additional questions or  would like additional information, please contact BMES Membership Director Lisa Prandy.