BMES Students/Student Chapter Awards

  • Students competing for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards must submit an abstract at the time of the official abstract-submission deadline for the Annual Meeting. Submitter must indicate via a checkbox on the page where they input their name, contact, etc. that they intend to submit an extended abstract.
  • In June, students will receive an email with the details to upload the extended abstracts.
  • The BMES Awards Committee will select up to 5 graduate students on the basis of scientific merit, originality, and quality of written presentation. Up to 8 undergraduate students will be selected on the basis of originality, significance, thoroughness of design analysis, and performance evaluation.
  • Students competing for Undergraduate or Graduate Awards must be BMES members in good standing. Awardees are expected to participate in the Annual Meeting and present their work.  The awards will be presented to the awardees at the BMES Annual Meeting.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Requirements:
  • 2 -3 pages, single space, (10-12 point size type) one inch margins on all sides.  A letter of support from the scientific advisor or department chair certifying the originality of the student effort must be uploaded at the time of submission
Award and Honorarium:
  • Winners receive a certificate, a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and a stipend of $400 to assist with travel expenses. If more than one author/winner is chosen, the stipend part of the award is shared among the winners.
GRADUATE STUDENTS
Requirements:
  • 3 -4 pages, single space, (10-12 point size type) one inch margins on all sides.  A letter of support from the scientific advisor or department chair certifying the originality of the student effort must be uploaded at the time of submission.
Award and Honorarium:
  • Winners receive a certificate, a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and a stipend of $500 to assist with travel expenses. If more than one author/winner is chosen, the stipend part of the award is shared among the winners.


Applicants for the 2018 Student Travel Awards must be a BMES Student member (undergrad or grad) and Chapter member. Please be sure that you are a chapter member by having the chapter president add you to the chapter's roster and letting BMES know. The Chapter must also be in good standing.  Applicants must submit the application along with a one-page essay on "How  Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) helps to support their work in BME". BMES Student Travel Award winners receive a check for a $300 travel stipend at the Annual Meeting. The Student Travel Awards are only available to BMES student members who do not receive any additional BMES funding through additional BMES sources. For information on applying for the 2018 Student Travel Awards, please contact Liz DaSilva.

Please submit your online 2018 Student Travel Award application along with the essay to liz@bmes.org. Your essay must include your name at the top and whether or not you are an undergrad or graduate student.
The Student Travel Award deadline is 5:00PM EST on May 15, 2018Late applications will NOT be accepted.

2018 NSBE Student Travel Awards (**New Deadline** May 15, 2018)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Travel Award supports students currently majoring in BME at the BS or PhD level. In order to be eligible applicants must be a NSBE student member and should have their Faculty Advisor sign off on the application form, an electronic signature is acceptable. 

Applicants must submit an application along with an essay detailing what he/she hope to gain from attending the Annual Meeting and how this will impact his/her career path. The essay can be no more than 500 words, minimum 10 point font with one inch margins. Please submit all applications by 5:00pm EST on May 15, 2018. If you have additional questions please contact Liz Richards at liz@bmes.org

Winners will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting along with a $599 stipend. 

The NSBE Student Travel Award deadline is 5:00pm EST on May 15, 2018. Late applications will NOT be accepted.



Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award
 

BMES sponsors competitive Outstanding Achievement Awards for its student chapters.  The student chapter must submit evidence of outstanding performance in enhancing the professional awareness and education of its chapter members.  To be considered for an award, a chapter must submit the Chapter Development Report (CDR) of activities and development during the previous calendar year as outlined in the BMES Student Chapter Development Report Guidelines. The prize consists of an engraved plaque,  two complimentary annual meeting registrations and travel support reimbursements for two members of up to $1,000.  The winning chapter will be asked to lead a best practice panel at the chapter development workshop at the BMES Annual Meeting.

Chapter Outstanding Outreach Program Award
To apply, chapters must submit a Chapter Development Report (CDR) of activities and developments that occurred during the previous calendar year as outlined in the BMES Student Chapter Development Report Guidelines. Additionally a “How-To…” document should be submitted that describes your Outreach Program and explains how other chapters can set up a similar program. Please be sure to incorporate diversity and outreach efforts, programs or activities that relate to under-represented groups.   The award for Outstanding Outreach Program comes with an engraved plaque, travel support reimbursements for two members of the chapter up to $1,000, and two complimentary Annual Meeting registrations.  The winning chapter will be asked to lead a best practice panel at the chapter development workshop at the BMES Annual Meeting.

Chapter Outstanding Mentoring Program Award
To apply, chapters must submit a Chapter Development Report (CDR) and an additional “How-To…” document about their mentoring program.  We are particularly interested in mentoring programs between your chapter and the local BME industry.  The “How-To” should tell other chapters how to set up a similar mentoring program. Please be sure to incorporate diversity and mentoring efforts, programs or activities that relate to under-represented groups. The award for Outstanding Mentoring Program comes with an engraved plaque, travel support for two members of the chapter up to $1,000, and two complimentary Annual Meeting registrations. The winning chapter will be asked to lead a Best Practice panel at the chapter development workshop at the BMES Annual Meeting.

Outstanding Chapter Industry Program Award 
BMES is sponsoring the Outstanding Industry Program Award for Student Chapters that are in good standing. To apply chapters must submit a Chapter Development Report highlighting their activities and outreach with industry. Additional “Chapter Activity Report Sheet” document should be submitted to record and document a chapter’s activity should also be submitted. The award for Outstanding Chapter-Industry Program comes with an engraved plaque, travel support reimbursements for two members of the chapter of up to $1,000 and two complimentary Annual Meeting registrations. The winning chapter will be asked to lead a panel discussion at the chapter development workshop at the BMES Annual Meeting.

Please be sure to include the Chapter Activity Recording Sheet to document your Industry outreach and activities. 

If you have any questions, please contact liz@bmes.org

BMES is committed to inclusive excellence in building pathways to biomedical engineering careers and developing a diverse, technically and globally competent biomedical workforce. To that end, BMES has an awards category to support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. These awards are intended to partially offset travel expenses for attendance at the Annual Meeting to enable participation from those who might not otherwise be able to attend the Meeting so they may benefit from conference programming, network, and establish connections with the potential for career-long impact.
 
Those eligible for the Career Development Travel Awards are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals at critical transition or reentry points in their careers from underrepresented populations that include racial and ethnic minorities or graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.

Early career faculty or professionals are those who received a degree in biomedical engineering or a related science within three years of the date of application. 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). The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.


The awards are only available to BMES members who do not receive BMES funding through any other BMES sources.
 
A BMES Advisory Committee will review the applications and select the travel award winners based on the applicant’s eligibility, career statement, CV/resume and letter of support. The travel award winners will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and a travel stipend (upon completion of a W9 or W8 form provided by BMES). 

Registration for the Annual Meeting should follow receipt of notification about the award. 
 
Application Requirements
1. Must submit an Online Application Form (including CV/Resume, Statement of Career Goals, and Letter of Support)
 
2. Statement of Career Goals (500 words or less): The statement is required as part of the online application. It must be no   more than 500 words and could address the following:
  • What attracted you to the field of biomedical engineering, and what have you done to learn more about it?
  • How do you plan to use or how do you currently use your education and training?
  • What do you perceive as the needs and/or challenges in this field?
  • How do you promote the field and provide stewardship for the discipline?
3. Letter of Support (no more than 1 page): Must be on letterhead from a mentor, department head, chair, dean or manager   confirming graduate, postdoctoral fellow, or early career level status and include language requesting consideration for the BMES Career Development Award. 
 
4. Applicant must be a BMES member in good standing. The BMES Career Development Awards are only available to BMES  members who do not receive BMES funding through any other BMES sources.
 
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Award Submissions are due by May 15, 2018.

Make sure your Application meets all the requirements above. (Online Application Form, including CV/Resume, Statement of Career Goals, and Letter of Support).

 
If you have questions about the Career Development Awards, please email CareerDevelopmentAwards@bmes.org.