2018 BMES Coulter College

August 2-5, 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Travel & Lodging

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 core focus of 2018 BMES Coulter College will be the design of new medical technologies with emphasis on health disparities and resource-constrained design.


Day 1 - Thursday, August 2, 2018
3:00-4:00pm              Check-In to Hotel
4:00-6:00pm              Tour of Medtronic

6:00-8:00pm              Introductory Dinner and Program Instructions
Day 2 - Friday, August 3, 2018
All Day
Day 3 - Saturday, August 4, 2018
All Day

Day 4 - Sunday, August 5, 2018
7:30am - 12:30pm         Presentations, Awards, and Lunch

*Times are estimated and subject to change.


2018 BMES Coulter College team applications (including faculty CV) must be received by Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. 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. 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.
  • Attending a four-day (August 2-5, 2018; 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.

Teams must include:

1) One (1) Senior Design Faculty Member (the applicant): The faculty must have experience or interest in teaching senior design, commit to leading a team of students at 2018 BMES Coulter College, and include their CV with the application.

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 students must be BME undergraduates who will be senior-level students at the start of the Fall 2018 academic year. Please do not include students who previously participated in BMES Coulter College.
Faculty applicants will be notified of their team’s status after all applications have been reviewed (by the beginning of May).

The selection of teams will be based in large part on their interest in designing new medical technologies with a focus on health disparities and resource-constrained design. 

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

Teams invited to participate will be eligible to receive:

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; up to $2,500 per team for teams outside a 250 mile radius of Minneapolis and $500 per team for teams within a 250 mile radius of Minneapolis). 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.
Team applications must be received by April 20, 2018 at 11:59pm ET


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.

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. 


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:

2018 BMES Coulter College is hosted by Medtronic and funded by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.