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Student Chapter of Biomedical Engineering Society
In 2017, the sophomore Biomedical Engineering class started a Student Chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at UMass Lowell. As a Student Chapter, BMES provides leadership opportunities, networking, publishing avenues, career guidance, Student Chapter awards and potential grant funding. The society also provides assistance during prospective student recruiting events such as fall Open Houses, Early Action Receptions, spring Welcome Day and Junior Preview Day.
Internships and co-ops are a great way for students to gain valuable experience in workplace, especially with medical device, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. UMass Lowell will be working with local companies and M2D2 participants to identify co-op and internship opportunities to expand the knowledge base and put their classroom and team approach learning into action.
Supported by the DifferenceMaker program, eNABLE Lowell is a local chapter of a global nonprofit organization on the UMass Lowell campus that design and creates 3-D printed prosthetic devices for children around the world in need of artificial upper limbs. As members of this group, students learn about 3-D printing, laser cutting and the prosthetic design process.
As part of the B.S. program, students take part in two senior capstone projects. The intent of the capstone is for students to synthesize course knowledge and experimental skills into a brief but detailed team-based, collaborative experimental study supervised by faculty which may include participation from industry representatives.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AND COLLABORATIONS AWARD
UMass Lowell's Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Collaborations (UROC) Award, formerly known as the Co-op Scholars Program, is offered to a select group of incoming freshmen merit scholarship recipients identified by university deans during the early action admissions process. The award provides students with up to $4,000 for on-campus or off-campus research during the summer following their freshman year. Recipients may also apply their $4,000 scholarship toward an approved UMass Lowell study abroad program. Upon completion of the research or study abroad, students present their findings/initiatives during an annual poster presentation event.
Ambitious students from the Biomedical Engineering Department have been included in this select group to integrate their classroom studies with paid professional work experiences. Previous recipients have included:
Aisling McEleney - Low-Cost, High Quality Prosthetics for the World
Madison Merrill - Drug Testing Techniques
DifferenceMaker Prototype Competition
In the fall 2017, the Francis College of Engineering hosted a prototyping competition for UMass Lowell students to push them to think about an idea and bring it to life by generating a product. Students, both graduate and undergraduate, form teams with at least one team member from the Francis College of Engineering. Teams develop an executive summary/proposal and then follow-up with a prototype and poster to be displayed and presented to judges on the night of the competition. Cash prizes ranging from $250-$1,000 are awarded to the top three teams, as well as the people's choice award.
Fourteen teams entered the 2017 competition. An all freshman Biomedical Engineering team of Jennifer Schultz, Cameron Albert and Jayden Hairston took home the First Place Award of $1,000 for Handy Bandages, an inexpensive "sock" that goes over the arm or leg while the patient is waiting for care. This helps shield the wound from airborne pathogens in a hospital waiting room.
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