2020 BMES Coulter College

In light of the restrictions we are all currently facing with COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Coulter College, scheduled for August 6-9, 2020 at Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We will announce new information regarding the 2021 BMES Coulter College program as soon as it becomes available.

 

August 6-9, 2020

Medtronic 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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BMES Coulter College is a training program focused on translation of biomedical innovations. Mentors in key design areas guide student teams through a highly dynamic process designed to help them better understand how innovations can meet clinical needs, while providing tools and approaches used to develop novel solutions for identified clinical problems. The program is supported by funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

In a creative environment, participants will learn how to evaluate the best point of leverage within a given clinical need and understand how to evaluate possible solutions. By the end of the program, participants will understand how to balance providing clinical benefits alongside a viable commercial model. 

The program includes pre-work to prepare for the program and integrates tours, lectures, consultations with mentors, team projects and presentations while onsite in August. Tailored professional development programming will also be provided to design faculty participants and networking opportunities will be provided to design faculty and student participants throughout the event. 
 

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Day 1 - Thursday, August 6, 2020
2:00pm Teams Arrive
3:00pm Buses Depart to Medtronic
4:00pm - 6:00pm Lecture Presentations and Tour of Medtronic
6:00pm - 8:00pm Introductory Dinner and Program Instructions
8:00pm Transportation to Hotel

Day 2 - Friday, August 7, 2020 - Design
6:30am Breakfast at Hotel
7:30am Transportation to Medtronic
8:00am - 12:00pm Programming, Faculty Breakouts, Consultations with Mentors                                                                             
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch at Facility
1:00pm - 5:00pm Programming, Faculty Breakouts, Consultations with Mentors
5:00pm Transportation to Hotel
6:00pm Dinner at Hotel
7:00pm - 9:00pm Team Projects

Day 3 - Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Commercialization
6:30am Breakfast at Hotel
7:30am Depart to Medtronic                                                             
8:00am - 12:00pm Programming (including Team Presentations)    
12:00pm  Lunch at Facility
1:00pm - 5:00pm Programming and Consultations with Mentors
5:00pm Transportation to Hotel
6:00pm Dinner at Hotel
7:00pm - 9:00pm Team Projects

Day 4 - Sunday, August 9, 2020
6:30am Breakfast at Hotel
7:30am Depart to Medtronic                                                                 
8:00am - 12:30pm Presentations and Awards

*Teams should expect an immersive experience while onsite in Minnesota and may be working long hours in the evenings on their projects.
**Times are estimated and subject to change.

 

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

1.   One (1) Senior Design Faculty Member (the applicant) and CV 

Only one design faculty member will be permitted to attend per team. Applications submitted solely by students will not be accepted.​ 

2.   Four (4) BME Students from the same university as the applying faculty member
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Students should be recruited by the Senior Design Faculty and the full team must be identified and included in the application.

3.   Brief Statement 

Each team member, including the design faculty, will be asked to include a statement describing what the skills/experiences related to medical device design and commercialization they hope to learn and how they envision that participation in the 2020 BMES Coulter College will benefit them in the future. Discussion of plans to work in the areas of health disparities and/or resource-constrained design will be of particular interest during review of applications.

ELIGIBILITY
NEW Any school that participated in 2019 is not eligible to apply again in 2020.

Senior Design Faculty (see FAQs for more details)
  • Must be a BME student senior design faculty member currently affiliated with a university who has experience in teaching or interest in teaching senior design.
  • Must commit to attend the full four-day program (August 6-9, 2020; two full days and two partial days). 
  • Must commit to help their team of students prepare by collaborating with their students to submit a pre-assignment over the summer.  
  • Must commit to watch brief video clips and participate in 1-2 webinars throughout June and July in which many of the core design considerations, e.g., intellectual property, regulatory, and market analysis will be introduced. 
  • NEW Must be from a school that did not participate in 2019.

BME Students​ (see FAQs for more details)
  • Must all be from the same university as the applying faculty member.
  • Must all be BME undergraduates who will be senior-level students at the start of the Fall 2020 academic year. 
  • Must all commit to attend the full four-day intensive program (August 6-9, 2020; two full days and two partial days). 
  • Must all commit to work in collaboration with their team and faculty member to prepare for the program by submitting a pre-assignment over the summer. 
  • Must all commit to watch brief video clips and participate in 1-2 webinars throughout June and July in which many of the core design considerations, e.g., intellectual property, regulatory, and market analysis will be introduced. 
  • Must not have previously participated in the program.
  • NEW Must be from a school that did not participate in 2019.
TEAM APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 11:59PM EDT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is a school who participated in 2019 eligible to apply to send a team in 2020?
No, any school who sent a team to participate in 2019 is not eligible to apply to send a team from the same school in 2020.

Does the university team have to be an actual team that would work together during the academic year?
No, the team is just for BMES Coulter College activities and does not need to function as a team before or after. Faculty may choose students who are enrolled in senior design but they are not required to function as a team during the academic year.

Are schools permitted to submit more than one team application?
No, we ask that each school limits to submitting one team application.

What are the responsibilities of the faculty member?
  • The initial responsibility of the faculty member is to recruit 4 BME undergraduate students who will be seniors in Fall 2020 to join the team. The full team must be identified and included in the application due March 13. ​
  • The faculty member is required to attend the full BMES Coulter College event, which is scheduled for August 6 - 9, 2020 (two full days and two partial days) at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN. The program will integrate lectures, faculty breakout sessions, consultations with mentors, team projects and presentations. Faculty will not present with the students, but will help them prepare their team projects and presentations.
  • If accepted into the program, the faculty member will work with their student team on a pre-assignment over the summer. The assignment will be distributed in late April and due in late June. Generally speaking, the faculty member will contribute approximately 1-2 hours per week and each student approximately 3-5 hours per week to the assignment throughout this period. 
  • The faculty member is required to participate in watching brief video clips and 1-2 60-90-minute webinars, which will be scheduled in June and July. Webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
What are the responsibilities of the students?
  • All student team members are required to attend the full BMES Coulter College event, which is scheduled for August 6 - 9, 2020 (two full days and two partial days) at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN. The intensive program will integrate lectures, consultations with mentors, team projects, presentations and networking. The team should expect to be busy working on their project from early morning through the evening throughout the event. 
  • If accepted into the program, the student team members will work in collaboration with their faculty member on a pre-assignment over the summer. Generally speaking, the assignment will be distributed in late April and due in late June. Each student will contribute approximately 3-5 hours per week to the assignment throughout this period. 
  • All student team members are required to participate in watching brief video clips and 1-2 60-90-minute webinars, which will be scheduled in June and July. Webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
Is travel supported by the program?
After attending BMES Coulter College and completing a brief evaluation following the program, a team stipend will be provided to help cover only student's travel expenses (flight and ground transportation). Stipend checks for student travel will be issued the last day of the event and made payable to the university.  

How much will each team receive for their student’s travel?
Teams invited to participate will be eligible to receive a stipend up to $2,500 per team for teams outside a 250-mile radius of Minneapolis and up to $500 per team for teams within a 250-mile radius of Minneapolis. The team stipend will be payable to the university and dispenses onsite at the end of the program.

Is lodging included with the program?
Hotel lodging (room and tax) will be covered for students only. Student’s sleeping room reservations will be made directly by BMES (2 students per room). Students may be matched to lodge with students from other schools. Roommate lodging requests may be made, but are not guaranteed. Hotel sleeping rooms will be reserved for students after the teams are selected. 

Faculty are expected to cover their own travel expenses and lodging and will be sent a link to book their hotel stay at the headquarter hotel after the teams are selected.

Are meals provided?
All meals will be provided onsite during the program for all students and faculty. 

When will teams be notified of their acceptance status?
Faculty applicants will be notified of their team’s status after all applications have been reviewed (by mid-April).


TRAVEL AND LODGING

Hotel sleeping rooms will be reserved for students after the teams are selected and faculty will be sent a link to book their rooms at:

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

For more information or for questions, please contact BMESCoulterCollege@bmes.org or call 301-459-1999.


A special thank you to our supporters:

2020 BMES Coulter College is hosted in partnership with Medtronic and funded by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.