Skip to main content

BMES Student Chapter

in this section

BMES upward bound 2016The Cornell University Biomedical Engineering Society promotes the profession of biomedical engineering (BME) through research, educational outreach, and advocacy of engineering approaches to biology and human health. The Cornell Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has worked to promote personal growth and development of its over 100 doctoral students and 90 masters of engineering students by expanding existing programs and implementing new initiatives. Recently, Cornell BMES was presented the Commendable Chapter Award and Meritorious Achievement Award at the 2011 and 2010 BMES Annual Meetings, respectively, to recognize their outstanding commitment to outreach and excellence in both the local and greater communities. Additionally, Cornell BMES was awarded the National Diversity Award at the 2013 National BMES Conference in Seattle, WA.

BMES retreat 2016The annual Cornell BMES Retreat provides a forum for students to present their research to a technical audience and increases industry exposure of BME research at Cornell. In 2016, 13 speakers and 14 posters were presented about the cutting-edge research occurring in our department. Biomedical technology companies have sponsored this event for the last 4 years and representatives interact with students throughout the retreat. Some of our past sponsors include West Pharmaceutical Services, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Angel Medical Systems, Becton, Dickinson, and Co., and Bose-Electroforce. 

BMES outreach 4H 2016During the year, Cornell BME hosts numerous professional development events for graduate students. Work-In-Progress Luncheons (a.k.a. WIP lunches) are a forum for students to present their current research, and receive feedback from students and faculty members. Students can present anything from a proof of concept for an experiment to final results. Presentations are followed by questions and input from the larger group, and afterwards a selected faculty member will sit down with each student and give further comments.

The Professional Development Committee organized site tours and visits to Advion-Quintiles and brought in representatives of Mass General and Siemens for professional seminars.

Cornell BMES has expanded its initiatives to include many outreach events on campus and in the greater Ithaca community. Following is a sample of outreach events occurring in the last year:

  • Girl Scout Engineering Day
  • Upward Bound Saturday Academy
  • STEAM Night at Caroline Elementary School
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Community WOrkdays at Ithaca Sciencenter
  • Into the Streets

Interested in contacting the student chapter of the biomedical engineering society at Cornell? Email us at for information about outreach activities, industry partnerships, and professional group networking opportunities.