BMES Graduate Student Chapter

The Cornell Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) works to promote personal growth and development of students by expanding existing programs and implementing new initiatives that advocate for student professional development, science and engineering outreach, and engagement of the BME community.

For more information, email or get in touch with a member of the BMES graduate student leadership.

Cornell BMES Graduate Student Chapter is seeking alumni engagements with our student body. We'd love to hear if you're interested in participating! Get in touch using our alumni interest google form.

Professional Development

students discussing scientific poster at BMES research symposium
Annual BMES Research Symposium

One of our past hallmark events is the annual Cornell BMES Research Symposium which provides a forum for students to present their research to a technical audience. Speakers and posters present the cutting-edge research occurring at the Meinig School. Biomedical technology companies have sponsored this event and industry representatives can interact with students throughout the symposium. Past sponsors include West Pharmaceutical Services, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Angel Medical Systems, Becton, Dickinson, and Co., and Bose-Electroforce.

Cornell BME hosts numerous professional development events for students throughout the year. Work-In-Progress Seminars 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 the student’s thesis committee will sit with the student and give further comments.


Cornell BMES is primarily known to the local community for its extensive outreach initiatives on and off campus including:

graduate student working with girl scouts
Working with Girls Scouts on STEM projects.

Annual Girl Scout Engineering Day
Full day workshop that inspires and empowers 2nd-8th grade Girl Scouts from New York state and Pennsylvania (GS-NYPENN) to pursue and excel in STEM fields. Our chapter designed and led six different hands-on engineering activities for 20+ girls that focused on various research areas.

STEAM Nights and Career Days at local primary and secondary schools
Various scientific presentations and demonstrations to elementary and middle school students to promote STEM-based careers.

Expanding Your Horizons Workshops
One day conference for 7th to 9th grade girls that provides hands-on learning experiences, interactions with female scientist role models and awareness of opportunities in STEM-related careers. Our chapter has designed and led a series of interactive workshops for 50+ girls.  

Community Workdays at the Ithaca Sciencenter
The Ithaca Sciencenter invites the Graduate BMES chapter to host public events to inspire excitement for science in young students. Our chapter leads interactive science demonstrations where 15-150+ young students were showcased astronomy/earth science, optics, genetic engineering, robotics, and basic biology demonstrations.

Cornell Into the Streets Volunteering
Into the Streets is a student-led program of the Cornell PSC that plans and executes Cornell’s largest day of service for students. Our chapter volunteers each year with this organization to assist various organizations across the local Ithaca community.

Community Engagement

The Cornell BME community strives to provide a close-knit and collaborative environment for students. As such, the BMES chapter works closely with the department and other student led engineering organizations at Cornell to develop and plan events around community engagement. Such events include:

BMES Graduate Students Group 2018 Wine Tasting
Graduate BMES Wine Tour 2018

Annual Graduate BMES Wine Tour
Our chapter organizes a Fall wine tour around Seneca Lake, about an hour from Cornell. ~30 students take a charter bus to 4 different wineries, where they are able to sample wines, take in the scenic views, and purchase local favorites.

Graduate/Faculty Happy Hour
In collaboration with department administration, BMES develops and plans happy hours where students and faculty can enjoy conversation and hors d’oeurves outside of technical environments.

graduate student shows off painting
Wine and Design Night masterpiece

Wine & Design Night
With the help of Cornell’s Engineering Graduate Student Association, our chapter collaborates hosting a wine and design night at the graduate and professional student center. Students from various departments come to paint and make new friends while sipping on wine and snacking on cheese.