UW Bioengineering – Other Academic Opportunities
In addition to our core degree programs, UW Bioengineering also offers a variety of cross-campus programs tailored to satisfy specific interests.
The Department of Bioengineering participates in the M.D./Ph.D. program, administered by the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Students who wish to follow this path should complete a combined application through MSTP.
MSTP students start their Ph.D. work with a lab rotation during the summer immediately prior to starting medical school. In September they enter medical school with their class.
During the second summer students do another lab rotation (Ph.D. credit), then proceed to the second year of medical school. At the end of the second year, students take Part 1 of the National Board Exams. That summer students can either do a third lab rotation or enter into the graduate program. After completing their Ph.D. coursework, students return to the final two years of medical school (clinical rotations).
Interdisciplinary Program in Biological Physics, Structure, and Design (BPSD)
The Department of Bioengineering participates in the BPSD program, administered by the Department of Biochemistry. Students apply directly to the program via the Graduate School admissions application, and when admitted begin work with a selected PI, eventually earning a Ph.D. degree in the PI’s home department.
This cross-disciplinary program focuses on the study of how the basic molecular components that provide the building blocks of biological systems work: their structure, the relationship between structure and function, and rules that permit the design of novel macromolecules.
Dual-Title Ph.D. Option in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering
The dual-title Ph.D. option in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering (NTME) is jointly supported by the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the Provost Office. The program allows current pre-doctorate students in any of the 11 participating science and engineering disciplines (including Bioengineering), the opportunity to earn a dual Ph.D. degree in their home department as well as in Nanotechnology. Participating students gain valuable research experience by completing an additional rotation in a nanotechnology-related project, taking additional courses in nanotechnology, as well as taking part in nanotechnology seminars. Students who wish to participate in the Dual-Title Ph.D. Options in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering must first apply to and be admitted into the Department of Bioengineering’s Ph.D. program. Students must then enroll in the Dual-Title Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering program by the end of the Autumn Quarter of the third year of the student’s Ph.D. program. The effort is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program.
Program for Technology Commercialization
The Program in Technology Commercialization (PTC) is a partnership between the College of Engineering, the Department of Bioengineering, the Foster School of Business, the Law School and the UW Center for Commercialization.
The PTC is a three-course sequence designed to teach junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students the skills necessary to take a new technology or invention and protect it, analyze its potential, sell the idea to prospective licensees, senior management or investors, and get the product to market. Students will learn business, legal and other skills useful to their future careers in academia or industry.
The program’s primary goals are to create a better-trained technological workforce, to encourage new businesses in the region, and to facilitate technology commercialization developed at UW and partner institutions.
Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate
Based in the Foster School of Business, the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate prepares UW graduate and PhD students for the world of start-ups and new technology enterprises. An emphasis on cross-campus involvement allows Bioengineering graduate students to take entrepreneurship courses alongside students from other disciplines, work with M.B.A. students on launching market-ready applications, and have the opportunity to apply for fellowships in UW technology ventures or local angel funds. Certificate students, whose disciplines range from engineering and architecture to drama and medicine, take classes, gain real-world experience and network with the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs.