UW Bioengineering Student Resources

Bioengineering students studying together

Read on to learn about programs and resources that provide academic, social, financial and cultural support specific to the UW Bioengineering and those from the College of Engineering and UW.

Facilities

The UW Bioengineering student community is supported by great facilities.  Students enjoy:

  • Day and night access to the building, teaching labs, computer labs and student den
  • Open collaborative spaces on each floor designed to foster conversation, exchange of ideas, study groups, and lunch groups
  • A student lounge   which provides a convenient place for students to relax, chat, and have a bite to eat in the vicinity of labs and classrooms. Amenities include a community fridge, sink, microwave, freezer, couches, television, LCD computer screens, tables and a big screen TV.
  • Lockers in the Foege building
  • A student-only drop-in computing lab (and remote access to your Bioengineering desktop)
  • An advanced computing lab, open for students whenever class is not in session
  • Ability to reserve our conference rooms, seminar rooms, and meeting rooms for student exams and events
  • Access to presentation equipment and video editing equipment

Clubs and Organizations

UW Bioengineering students run the UW campus chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), which also functions as our student club.

UW Bioengineering students launched Bioengineers Without Borders, a group that develops low-cost medical instrumentation appropriate to low resource settings.

UW Bioengineering students can participate in a wide variety of social, technical and environmental organizations and clubs offered by the UW College of Engineering.

Internships and Jobs

Internships in an industry setting add a key dimension to a student’s education. By learning and practicing skills in a professional environment, UW Bioengineering students can gain valuable on-the-job experience, expand their skillsets, and prepare for a smoother transition from academia to industry.

Campus resources for obtaining an internship or job include:

Counseling and Mentoring

The Bioengineering Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is chaired by the Department’s Vice Chair and comprised of Bioengineering faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. This committee monitors student progress, evaluates the quality of student experience in the department, and initiates new policies and programs as needed on the behalf of students.

The Bioengineering Student Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of undergraduate and graduate student leaders, meets with the Chair and Academic Student Services staff quarterly to address any issues of student concern.

Additional resources are offered by the department tailored to the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as across the UW campus.

The undergraduate Academic Counselors advise bioengineering majors about our curriculum, quarterly schedules, scholarships, internships, and research and other special opportunities within the department and University. The counselors provide advice about career planning and the application processes to graduate school and to professional degree programs (business school, law school and a variety of clinical degree programs). The counselors also facilitate communication between faculty and students, representing student concerns to the faculty and faculty concerns to the students. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with an Academic Counselor whenever they are experiencing any problems that interfere with their success as a student.

Bioengineering faculty also play an important advising and mentoring role for our undergraduates. The faculty help students define their research interests and clarify their directions after graduation. They provide crucial scientific mentoring to the students in their labs. Bioengineering students meet the faculty during classes, at departmental events, and as a result of exploring the department’s research.

Bioengineering majors often make use of additional counseling resources at the University, including:

College of Engineering Student Academic Services – To explore other engineering majors or connect with the college’s leadership and diversity programs;

Undergraduate Advising at the Gateway Center – To explore other majors outside engineering; pre-medical advising and advising for other clinical and professional degree programs

The Honors Program – Honors information, program opportunities, and honors courses

UW International Programs and Exchanges – For students seeking study abroad opportunities

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards – For students applying for competitive national and international scholarships

Before graduate students even begin their full-time Ph.D. or M.S. programs, students are assigned a first-year faculty mentor and graduate student mentor based on research, academic or professional interests. These mentors provide incoming students with advice about moving and settling into Seattle, research rotations, finding the right research lab and picking the right electives. First-year mentors work with the new graduate students until the new students have joined their research labs.

The first-year cohort elects up to two first-year officers who, along with one or two Graduate Student Representatives (GSR’s), organize and implement team-building social events throughout the year. This leadership team is also responsible for bringing student feedback directly to the Department Chair during quarter Student Advisory Board meetings.

Once a student joins a lab, the Primary Investigator of that lab becomes the student’s faculty mentor. In addition, the Senior Academic Counselor also provides one-to-one and cohort-specific mentoring about the Ph.D. and M.S. curriculums and milestones, fellowships, internships and career opportunities. The Senior Academic Counselor also facilitates communication between faculty and students, representing student concerns to the faculty and faculty concerns to the students. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Senior Academic Counselor whenever they are experience any problems that interfere with their success as a student.

Bioengineering graduate students are also encouraged to utilize the additional mentoring resources provided by:

Bioengineering Commonview (access restricted to current UW Bioengineering students only)

The Graduate School

The Graduate Opportunity for Minority Achievement Program

The UW Counseling Center in Schmitz Hall is staffed by psychologist and mental health counselors who provide services relating to student mental health and well-being and career interests. UW Hall Health Clinic also provides mental health services.

The UW Engineering Co-Op offers guidance to engineering students seeking practical engineering experience prior to graduation.

The UW Career Center is the campus resource for resume help, career advice, job search advice, interview workshops, HuskyJobs listings, employer interviews and more.

UW International Student Services provides support and guidance specific to international students.