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.

2019 BMES-NSBE Travel Awards (**Application Deadline** May 15, 2019)

The BMES-National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Travel Awards support NSBE student and NSBE professional members pursuing an education or career pathway in biomedical engineering.  

Award Eligibility
  • Applicants must be a NSBE student member or NSBE professional member in good standing.
  • Applicants must indicate an educational or career pathway that is relevant to biomedical engineering.
Application Requirements
An essay, detailing how the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting will impact your career path. The essay must be no more than one page, minimum 10 point font, with 1-inch margins. The essay should address:

a. How your educational or career pathway is relevant to biomedical engineering.

b. The importance of attending the meeting at this stage in your education or career.

c. How attending the meeting will impact your professional development. 

ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If you have questions, please contact membership@bmes.org.

Award and Stipend
Award recipients will receive:

Students
•             a complimentary registration to attend the BMES Annual Meeting
•             a travel expense stipend in the amount of $599 to attend the Annual Meeting
•             a one-year complimentary BMES student membership
 
Early Career and Professionals
•             a complimentary registration to attend the BMES Annual Meeting
•             a travel expense stipend in the amount of $425 to attend the Annual Meeting
•             a one-year complimentary BMES professional membership


The BMES-NSBE Travel Award deadline is 5:00pm EST on May 15, 2019. 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 of up to $1,750. The winning chapter will be asked to lead a best practice panel at the chapter development workshop at the BMES Annual Meeting.

Chapter Commendable Achievement Award 
To apply, chapters must submit their 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. This award follows the Outstanding Achievement award and consists of an engraved plaque, two complimentary annual meeting registrations and travel support reimbursements up to $1,250. The winning chapter is expected to lead a best practice panel 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 $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 Travel Awards 
New in 2019, three student chapters will be awarded $2,000 each to supplement student chapter member travel to the annual meeting. To apply, chapters must submit their Chapter Development Report (CDR) and include a summary for intended fund use under the "
National BMES Meeting" activities report. 
 

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 $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" document should be submitted to record and document a chapter’s activity. The award for Outstanding Chapter-Industry Program includes an engraved plaque, travel support reimbursements for $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 membership@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 award category to support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Early Career Professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering and/or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health

Registration for the Annual Meeting should follow receipt of notification about the award. 
 
Application Requirements
1. Statement of Career Goals (500-word limit): The statement could address:

• 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?
• How do you promote the field and provide stewardship for the discipline? 
 
2. CV or Resume: CV or resume should clearly note status as a current Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, or must include the date of degree for Early Career Professional eligibility. 
 
3. Letter of Support (1-page limit): 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. Letters submitted via email will not be accepted.

Award Eligibility
The 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. The applicant must be:
 
  • A Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Early Career Professional at a critical transition or re-entry point in their career from an underrepresented population that includes racial and ethnic minorities and/or involved in research or training focused on health disparities or minority health.
    • Early Career Professional is defined as a junior professional, junior faculty, and young investigators who received a degree in biomedical engineering or a related science within three (3) years of the date of application.
    • Groups identified as underrepresented in science and engineering include: Women, African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, American Indians/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders (Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa).
  • A BMES Member in good standing who has not received BMES funding to attend the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting through any other BMES source.

Award and Stipend
The award recipients will receive a complimentary registration to attend the meeting and a stipend in the amount of $599 to assist with travel expenses to and from the meeting.


Award Submissions are due by May 15, 2019.

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.