High School Expo & Poster Competition

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.
Eligible students with research or projects in the STEM fields (biomedical engineering, biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare, medicine, bioengineering, etc.) can follow this link to submit a research proposal:


Students selected to participate, and 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. If you are traveling from outside of the Orlando area, BMES cannot cover room or travel. Travel arrangements​ will fall on the participants to make.
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.


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. 

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

What Will My Day Look Like?

High School Poster Presenters Schedule
  7:30 a.m.   Orientation
  8:00 a.m.
  8:00 a.m.   Attend Student Chapter Awards Breakfast Event
  9:00 a.m.
  9:00 a.m.   Break
  10:30 a.m.
  10:30 a.m.   Plenary Attendance
  11:30 a.m.
  11:30 a.m.   Celebration of Minorities in BME Luncheon
  12:30 p.m.
  12:30 p.m.   Choice of One of Three Different Platform Sessions
  1:30 p.m.
  1:30 p.m.   Poster Presentations
  3:00 p.m.
  3:30 p.m.   Poster Judging and Awards
  4:00 p.m.

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