High School Expo & Poster Competition

2021 BMES Annual Meeting

Each year, BMES hosts an annual High School Poster Competition, and we are now accepting applications for the 2021 BMES Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL! To qualify, students must be in their junior or senior year by the start of the 2021 Fall semester. We encourage students to apply who are in the Orlando area, BMES High School Student Chapters, or from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds for the opportunity to present before leading BME experts who will judge the competition.

Students may submit their interest for either the in-person poster competition or the virtual scientific meeting tour, co-hosted by BeSeen.

In-Person Poster Competition Virtual Guided Tour of BMES 2021

Eligible students wishing to submit an application for the in-person
poster competition must submit a poster of research in any STEM field.

See Poster Competition Submission Guidelines

Students who wish to be considered for the virtual scientific meeting tour, a one-day 100% virtual guided tour of a scientific meeting, must submit a letter of interest.
Students selected to participate in the in-person poster competition, along with their chaperones, will receive complimentary registration to BMES 2021 and entry into the High School Poster Competition, in addition to modest compensation for ground transportation or parking at the convention center. BMES cannot cover room or travel, travel arrangements​ will fall on the participants to make. Students who are selected to participate in the virtual guided tour will receive complimentary virtual registration to the BMES 2021 Annual Meeting.


Who is Eligible to Apply?
We accept applications from high school students in their junior or senior year by the start of the 2021 Fall semester.

Why Should I Apply?
Students who are selected to compete will broaden their awareness in the field of biomedical engineering, attend cutting-edge keynote presentations, and bolster their collegiate applications with this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participants will also have ample opportunities to connect with our conference attendees ranging from undergraduate students to post-docs, admissions directors at leading BME programs, and research and industry leaders.

How do I Apply?
Both applications can be found at the link below:

(Applications Closed)

When is the Application Deadline?
The application deadline is September 6, 2021.

What Counts as a Traditionally Underrepresented Background?
Groups identified as being underrepresented in science and engineering include Women, African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, American Indians/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders (Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa).

When and Where is the Competition?
2021 BMES Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL

Is There a Prize for Winning?
All those selected to participate will receive complimentary registration to the 2021 BMES Annual Meeting for themselves and their chaperones, a per diem for the day to cover dinner costs (breakfast/lunch included), as well as complimentary poster printing services.
In addition, three winners will receive a cash prize for best-presented research.
1st: $300
2nd: $200
3rd: $100

What Will My (In Person) Day Look Like?

High School Poster Presenters Schedule


7:30 - 8:00 am Orientation
8:00 - 9:00 am Attend Student Chapter Awards Breakfast Event
9:00 - 10:30 am Exhibit Hall / Personal Time
10:30 - 11:30 am Plenary Attendance
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon
12:30 - 1:30 pm Choice of One of Three Different Platform Sessions
1:30 - 3:00 pm Poster Presentations
3:30 - 4:00 pm Poster Judging and Awards

What is the BMES Annual Meeting?
The BMES Annual Meeting brings together our members to share innovative research and network between thousands of professional scientists, engineers, professors, researchers, academics, and health care providers who are leaders in biomedical engineering and bioengineering. By attending our meeting, you can learn about the latest and greatest biomedical engineering research through science-based sessions focused on this year’s theme: Magical Healthcare Innovations Powered by an Inclusive Workforce.

For questions or more information, please contact:
Ryan Isabella Green
Student, Early Career, and Corporate Programs Manager