High School Expo & Poster Competition

EXTENDED Deadline to Apply: Monday, September 16, 2019

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is inviting junior and senior high school students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering to apply to attend the 2019 High School Biomedical Engineering Expo at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Those accepted and their chaperone will receive free one-day registration, lunch, and modest compensation to cover ground transportation and/or parking at the convention center. High school junior and senior students (must be a high school junior or senior by the start of the Fall 2019 school year) in the Philadelphia area are welcome to apply. 

The benefit for a junior or senior high school student to participate is to broaden awareness of the biomedical engineering (BME) collegiate path and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) discipline to high school students from schools that might not have a STEM curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to connect with biomedical engineers, students, faculty, and industry and get exposed to the biomedical engineering field and potentially share projects they are working on related to life sciences (biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare), biomedical engineering or bioengineering.

BME Expo Poster Competition (OPTIONAL)
Students with a project that relates to life sciences (biology, chemistry, biotechnology, healthcare), biomedical engineering, or bioengineering may submit their project for the opportunity to potentially share your project as a poster at the meeting. Please follow the POSTER TEMPLATE GUIDELINES to submit an abstract for consideration. 

Those selected to present will be eligible for a poster award competition at the Expo and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Projects can be something you did in the past that you presented at your school (i.e., science fair posters, display boards, science experiments, etc.). Projects should be documented, for school, and related to biomedical technologies somehow. If you're not sure, submit it anyway and explain why you think it's related. This can be a project that you started but may not be completed between now and October. If selected, your poster will be printed and set up at the meeting by BMES (at no cost to the student or school).

Who is Eligible to Apply?
High school junior and senior students (must be a high school junior or senior by the start of the Fall 2019 school year).

We are looking specifically for students of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in science and engineering.
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).

Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

What is involved?
The participating high school students who are accepted must commit to one day (Oct 17th from 9:30 am – 6:30 pm) to attend the BMES Annual Meeting. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention center and MUST be chaperoned by a teacher, educator, research advisor or mentor from their high school or a parent or guardian. One teacher can chaperone a large group of students. The role of the chaperone will be to provide transportation to and from the BMES Annual Meeting, handle any permission required and generally be responsible for their students during the meeting. Chaperones are expected to remain onsite to participate in the activities along with their students. BMES will provide meals on site and complimentary one-day meeting registration for the high school student chaperones and students accepted to participate.

What is BMES
The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is the world’s leading society of professionals devoted to developing and using engineering and technology to advance human health and well-being. The society has 7,500 members and is growing at a fast pace.

BMES’s mission is to build and support the biomedical engineering community with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions. The Society also supports education and professional development for those working in academia, government, medicine, and the private sector. 

What is the BMES Annual Meeting
The BMES Annual Meeting brings together thousands of professional scientists, engineers, professors, researchers, academics, and health care providers who are leaders in biomedical engineering and bioengineering. They attend the meeting to learn about the latest in biomedical engineering research. 

For questions or for more information, contact BMES Education Director, Michele Ciapa, at Michele@bmes.org.