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Organizations and Events

Many bioengineering students gain leadership experience and hands-on, project-focused training by participating in the local chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the College’s annual Engineering Open House, where students showcase exciting advances in bioengineering for more than 10,000 campus visitors over two days in March. In a typical year, Bioengineering students will receive more than 25 percent of EOH project awards, even though they represent only three percent of the College’s student population. Bravo, bioengineers!

Outreach Programs

Engineering-related extracurricular programs reinforce the academic mission of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by providing students with added educational, leadership and professional benefits outside of the classroom. And during the summer, additional opportunities extend the educational mission to undergraduates from institutions across the country and students at pre-university grade levels.

Bioengineering students can participate in opportunities that include membership in the campus chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for undergraduates and GradBMES for graduate students. Undergrads also can gain hands-on, project-focused experience by participating in the college's annual Engineering Open House, during which Bioengineering students are among those showcasing exciting technical advances for more than 10,000 campus visitors over two days in March.

Summer programs include the Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging REU, a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and several opportunities that introduce future college students to bioengineering and other engineering-related disciplines.

To find out more about these programs and how to participate, click the links at left. And see photos below from a recent Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) poster session held in bioengineering's Everitt Lab (pre-social distancing).

High school students discuss their 2019 WYSE research with other participants and UI faculty, staff and students.
High school students discuss their 2019 WYSE research with other participants and UI faculty, staff and students.
2019 WYSE high school students and visitors enjoy refreshments during a poster session.
2019 WYSE high school students and visitors enjoy refreshments during a poster session.
Students present their research at the 2019 WYSE poster session.
Students present their research at the 2019 WYSE poster session.