BMES Graduate Student Chapter

bmes graduate student group leadership 2020
2019-2020 BMES Executive Board.

The Graduate Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at Cornell promotes biomedical engineering through research, educational outreach, and advocacy of engineering approaches to biology and human health. We provide avenues for our members to develop professionally, socially, and personally, as well as contribute to the community inside and outside of Cornell.

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

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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

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BMES hosts an annual research symposium for students to present and discuss their work.

Throughout the year, Cornell BME hosts numerous professional development events for graduate students. Biomedical technology companies have sponsored the annual Cornell BMES Research Symposium for the last four years and have brought representatives to interact with students throughout the symposium. Some of our past sponsors include West Pharmaceutical Services, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Angel Medical Systems, Becton, Dickinson and Co., and Bose-Electroforce.

The Professional Development Committee has organized site tours and visits to Jacobs Institute and Baxter Corporation in northern NY State and conducted video seminar sessions with local industry representatives. We are looking to expand this committee and offer more professional development opportunities to our members such as networking events and professional skills workshops.


The BMES Outreach committee is very active on campus and in the greater Ithaca community with several projects. Below is a sampling of outreach events we have participated in:

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Working with Girls Scouts on STEM projects.

Annual Girl Scout Engineering Day
Across two days (one in spring and one in fall), BMES hosts over 200 Girl Scouts from grades 2-12 at Cornell for a full day of events introducing various fields of engineering with interactive activities.

STEAM Night at Local Elementary Schools
Our BMES chapter has held hands-on demonstrations at local elementary schools to celebrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) and encourage young learners to explore careers in the sciences.

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Workshops
At demo sessions throughout the Expanding Your Horizons event, BMES has designed and led a series of interactive workshops using medical devices to demonstrate engineering design and exercise physiology concepts for 50+ girls.  

BMES graduate students teaching students at the EYH conference.
BMES graduate students teaching students at the EYH conference.

Public Science Outreach Events for Ithaca Sciencenter
The Ithaca Sciencenter invites the Graduate BMES chapter to host public events to inspire excitement for science in young students. Our chapter has led interactive science demonstrations where 15 to 150+ young students participated in astronomy/earth science, optics, genetic engineering, and robotics demonstrations.

Into the Streets
As part of Cornell’s largest day of service, members of BMES have volunteered at the Cancer Resource Center’s annual 5K run in support of cancer research, where BMES cheered for participants and assisted in organizing the logistics of the event.


Each year the BMES group also organizes several social events for graduate students to connect with each other as well as with faculty. Recent social events included student-faculty happy hours, an end-of-year picnic, department holiday party, movie and game nights, wine and paint night, karaoke, and a wine tour.

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Group photo from 2019 BMES Wine Tour around Seneca Lake.

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.

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. 

Want to support us?

Use our giving link or contact Stephanie Michalec ( for other options. Check if your company would like to match your donation as well. Any contribution is welcomed, and we have award tiers, where we would show our appreciation at our sponsored events.

  • Gold ($750) sponsors the BMES Research Symposium
  • Silver ($500) sponsors Girl Scout Engineering Day
  • Bronze ($250) sponsors Sciencenter outreach