Building Bridges to Bioengineering (B3)
Building Bridges to Bioengineering (B3) provides summer research experiences and academic opportunities for underrepresented minority (URM)* students at Seattle area community colleges. Our goal is to increase the number of students transferring to bioengineering or other engineering programs in biomedical sciences at the University of Washington.
Opportunities for Community College Students
- Participate in a full-time summer research experience at a world-class institution.
- Work in a UW lab on a multidisciplinary research project.
- Attend workshops and seminars to develop effective scientific communication skills.
- Present the results of your work in a poster session or oral presentation at a research symposium.
- Learn how bioengineering and biotechnology can be used to solve global health problems. A course, Introduction to Applied Bioengineering & Global Health (SCI 107), is offered during Autumn and Spring quarters at Seattle Central Community College.
Benefits of the B3 Program
- Earn up to $4000 for your work in a UW lab.
- Increase your skills in problem solving, communication and collaboration while you work as a member of a research team.
- Gain knowledge and skills that will help you successfully transition from a community college to a four-year university.
- Learn about career options in bioengineering.
- Enhance your resume through valuable experience in a research lab.
Eligibility and Requirements
To be eligible for the B3 program you must be:
- A Seattle area community college student.
- A US citizen or permanent resident.
- An underrepresented minority (URM)*.
As a B3 student you will work in a UW lab up to 40 hours per week during the summer, with a possibility of continuing during the school year. You will present the results of your work in a poster session or oral presentation at a research symposium with students from other summer programs.
Applying to the B3 Program
The application deadline for Summer 2013 is Friday, May 3rd. A limited number of research positions are available so apply early!
The application process involves four steps:
- Identify the UW Bioengineering faculty members whose research is of interest to you. On the application you will be asked to list these faculty members. Visit the UW Bioengineering website to learn about the department's research themes. The description page for each theme has links to faculty pages that will provide you with more information about the research conducted by faculty members and links to their lab websites.
- Complete the online application form.
- Obtain recommendations from two individuals, one of whom can evaluate your potential in a lab setting. Direct people to this page to access the online recommendation form.
- Submit an official transcript of coursework from your current college. If you have completed coursework at another college or university that is not documented on your current transcript, and you would like to have this work considered by the review committee, you must submit additional transcripts. Transcript(s) should be sent to:
Dr. Esmaeel Naeemi
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle, WA 98122
For more information about the program you may contact Dr. Tekie Mehary, B3 Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Non-URM students will be considered if funding is available.
The Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Program
The application period for the Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Program is now Closed. Please check back next spring.
The UW Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant (BCTG) program gives students interested in cardiovascular science and engineering an opportunity to train under outstanding mentors in an interdisciplinary environment and provides access to multiple state of the art research core facilities and instruments.
Check the BCTG website for announcements, eligibility, instructions, and details about the program, http://www.bioeng.washington.edu/regnier/training/index.html. All applications and questions should be directed to the BCTG coordinator, Linda Robbins (email@example.com). Evaluation of applications will include interviews by the program's steering committee.
Positions in the BCTG program typically last 2 years and participants work in the laboratory of a BCTG faculty mentor. In addition to research training students participate in a didactic component with a specialized course, an imaging preceptorship, simulation training in medical procedures, and a seminar series in cardiovascular science. Participants are also trained in communication and professional skills in areas such as manuscript and grant writing, public speaking, and teaching. The program is aimed at helping trainees begin the path to an independent research career. Dr. Mike Regnier, Professor and Vice-Chair of Bioengineering, is the principal investigator of the BCTG, funded through the NIH's National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).
Instructions, eligibility and details about the program are available on the BCTG website, go to http://www.bioeng.washington.edu/regnier/training/index.html and click on Application Procedure on the BCTG menu bar.