2019 BMES Coulter College

August 1-4, 2019

Medtronic 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019 

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. 

New in 2019, tailored professional development programming will 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 1, 2019
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

Day 2 - Friday, August 2, 2019 - Design
6:30am Breakfast at Hotel
7:30am Transportation to Medtronic
8:00am - 12:00pm Programming                                                                             
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch at Facility
1:00pm - 4:00pm Programming
4:00pm Transportation to Hotel
5:00pm Dinner at Hotel
6:00pm - 9:00pm Team Projects

Day 3 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 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 - 4:00pm Programming
4:00pm Transportation to Hotel
5:00pm Dinner at Hotel
6:00pm - 9:00pm Team Projects

Day 4 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
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 is permitted to attend per team. 
  • Faculty must have experience or interest in teaching senior design.
  • Faculty must commit to helping a team of students prepare for 2019 BMES Coulter College and must attend the duration of the program. 

2.   Four (4) BME Students (2 male and 2 female; or 4 male; or 4 female) from the same university as the applying faculty member
 
  • ​​​All four students must be BME undergraduates who will be senior-level students at the start of the Fall 2019 academic year.
  • Students who previously participated in BMES Coulter College should not be included on the application.

3.   Applicants will be asked to describe how each team member, including the design faculty, envisions that participation in the 2019 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.

4.   Preference will be given to teams composed entirely of BMES members and to teams who bring design faculty who haven’t participated before. If only one design faculty is affiliated with your university, your team will not be penalized for bringing a design faculty member who previously participated.

ELIGIBILITY
 
  • 2019 BMES Coulter College team applications must be received by Friday, April 19, 2019 [NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE] at 11:59pm EDT. Late applications will not be reviewed. ​
  • Each team application must be submitted by a BME student design faculty member currently affiliated with a university who has taught or is interested in teaching senior design. Only one design faculty may participate per team
  • Applications submitted solely by students will not be accepted.

Faculty and student team members included in the application must be able to commit to: ​
 
  • Participating in multiple webinars throughout June and July in which many of the core design considerations, e.g., intellectual property, regulatory, and market analysis will be introduced. Webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
  • Faculty will be asked to collaborate with their students to submit pre-assignments in preparation for the program.
  • Teams (faculty and students) must view all webinars and complete all associated pre-work prior to attending the four-day intensive program.
  • All team members are required to attend the four-day (August 1-4, 2019; two full days and two partial days) intensive program integrating lectures, team projects and presentations. Mentors in many of the key design areas will be available to teams throughout the four days.

Faculty applicants will be notified of their team’s status after all applications have been reviewed (by the beginning of May).

RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY MEMBER AND STUDENTS
 
  • The initial responsibility of the faculty member is to recruit 4 BME undergraduate students who will be seniors in Fall 2019 to join the team. Teams must be comprised of either 4 female, 4 male, or 2 female and 2 male students. The full team must be identified and included in the application due April 19 [NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE]. ​
  • If accepted into the program, the faculty is asked to work with the student team on a homework assignment over the summer.  Generally speaking, the assignment will be distributed in early-to-mid June and due in mid-July. 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 and all student team members are also required to participate in two-three 60-90 minute webinars, which will be scheduled in June and July.
  • Finally, the faculty and all student team members are required to attend the full BMES Coulter College event, which is scheduled for August 1-4 at Medtronic in Minneapolis, MN. The team should expect to be busy working on their project from early morning through the evening throughout the event.  We will provide professional development and networking opportunities to the faculty throughout the event. Note that the team will receive a stipend to help cover the costs of the students’ travel and lodging for the event. Faculty are responsible to cover their own travel and lodging associated with attending the event. Meals will be provided to all attendees. ​

TEAM STIPEND

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.  Student lodging and meals will be covered by the organizers. Hotel reservations for students will be made directly by BMES (two students per room). Faculty will be expected to cover their own travel and lodging expenses, but meals will be provided by the organizers. Hotel sleeping rooms will be reserved for students after the teams are selected and faculty will be sent a link to book their rooms.

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.
  • Up to $500 per team for teams within a 250-mile radius of Minneapolis.
TEAM APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
TEAM APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 19TH AT 11:59PM EDT

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

Can students who participated in the past attend again?
No, any student who has previously participated in the BMES Coulter College program may not participate again. Senior design faculty must bring a different group of students. 

Can faculty who participated in the past attend again?
Senior design faculty who participated before may participate again, but preference will be given to teams who bring design faculty who haven’t participated before. If only one design faculty is affiliated with your university, your team will not be penalized for bringing a design faculty member who previously participated.

Are shcools permitted to submit more than one team application?
We ask that each school limits to submitting one team application.

Is travel supported by the BMES Coulter College program or is it the responsibility of the team?
Accepted participants will receive a student team stipend after completing the program to help defray travel costs for student’s flight and ground transportation. Participants will be responsible for booking their own flights. Hotel reservations will be made for students and sleeping room cost will be covered (2 students per room). Faculty are expected to pay their own travel expenses and lodging and will be sent a link to book their rooms. Meals will be covered during the program and provided onsite for students and faculty. Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the airport. 

What's new for the program in 2019?

Tailored professional development programming will be provided to design faculty participants and networking opportunities will be provided to design faculty and student participants throughout the event.


TRAVEL AND LODGING

  • Student lodging and meals will be covered by the organizers.
  • Hotel reservations for students will be made directly by BMES (two students per room).
  • Faculty will be expected to cover their own travel and lodging expenses, but meals will be provided by the organizers.
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:

2019 BMES Coulter College is hosted by Medtronic and funded by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.