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MS in Biomedical Engineering


Course Description

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program seeks to prepare graduate engineers to face 21st-century challenges by advancing student understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with aging as they work to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine.

The master's degree program prepares students for careers in the biotechnology industry and medical/healthcare centers or providers of medical/healthcare technology.

Doctoral students will also develop a detailed understanding of the operation of the health care industry, preparing them for academic or industry careers related to medical technology, as well as the background necessary to pursue an entrepreneurial role in medical/healthcare technology. To assist students in pursuing new ventures, incubator space and technology transfer mechanisms are available.

In 2014, the first two doctoral graduates of this program went on to postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University, and a permanent position at American Systems in Washington D.C.

Educational Objectives

The goal of biomedical engineers is to improve human health through advances in healthcare and medicine. This includes advancing our understanding of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human injury, disease and the health complications associated with physiologic and sociologic factors such as aging, environment and diet. In this regard, we are living in an exciting time. In the last two decades or so we have witnessed, among numerous achievements, the decoding of the entire human genome, the birth of proteomic methods, the maturation of computerized tomography, dramatic advances in imaging and sensing technologies, the culture of stem cells, and advances in biomaterials that may eventually enable us to engineer tissues and even organs. Altogether, these achievements have dramatically augmented our potential for improving health care. However, addressing how to use these basic science research advances for improved health care represents a major challenge for biomedical engineers of the coming generation.
Chronic illness is now a dominant issue in health care, consuming vast sums of healthcare dollars, personnel and facilities usage. This situation will only be exacerbated over the coming decades with the aging of the population. As a result, improvements in our ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic illness, and to do so at reasonable cost, has become a focus of the national healthcare agenda. Accordingly, the goal of the biomedical engineering program at Binghamton University is to prepare graduate engineers to face not only these new 21st century challenges, but also to advance new technologies for better healthcare.

MS and PhD applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement of no longer than one page describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Visit the MS in Biomedical Engineering page on the Binghamton University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kathryn Fletcher ’08

4931.jpg Bioengineering graduate Kathryn Fletcher ’08 sees great potential in the Greater Binghamton region. That’s why she’s remaining in the area -- and investing in it. An entrepreneur, she has started a company to help put Binghamton on the map and continues to work to stem the Greater Binghamton “brain drain”.

As a staunch believer in Binghamton University and its surrounding community, Kathryn Fletcher leads a start-up company called H2 Innovations. She must be doing something right, because she recently took first place in the Binghamton Local Development Corporation/Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Business Plan Competition. The winning prize included $5,000 to help H2 Innovations continue its efforts to promote local organizations and businesses through development of innovative tools such as Action Atlas, a map of local amenities, and BiziLife, a web-based intelligent network that acts as a guide to the community’s many offerings.

“We received a number of promising business plans, and Kathryn’s was the most professional, comprehensive and practical,” says Merry Harris, BLDC Executive Director and director of the city of Binghamton’s Office of Economic Development. Fletcher is using the prize money to expand H2Innovations and officially launch BiziLife.com.

Having been heavily involved as a student with Catalysts for Intellectual Capital (CIC2020), a student-run economic think tank focused on retaining University graduates in the area, Fletcher continues to serve as senior adviser for the organization. She credits her bioengineering studies and CIC2020 experiences with helping develop her entrepreneurial spirit and skills. “I gained some business savvy and technical skills, and now as I move forward I am still working with many of the community leaders I met through CIC2020,” she says. “We’re working hard to make H2 Innovations a reliable and effective promotions resource for the Binghamton community. The community’s strong cultural traditions, tourist attractions and educational institutions make it a great place to do business.”

Simply put, Fletcher says, when an individual wants to find something to do or somewhere to go, that user will have access to real time personalized information through BiziLife, allowing them to effortlessly make connections that ultimately support Binghamton’s local businesses. “My company’s mission is very much in line with CIC2020’s goals of connecting the community and University,” she says.

So, even though there is a lot to do when launching and growing a business, “it’s fun,” says Fletcher. “I have to wear all of the hats and get to learn something new every single day.”


(Scholarship)

Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students - No. of awards TBC

The Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowships for Graduate Students, named for Clifford D. Clark, a former president of the University, are designed to support students who contribute to the diversity of the student body. The Clark Fellowship funding package, which is awarded on the basis of academic merit, includes an academic-year stipend, full-tuition scholarship, health insurance, research and travel opportunities and other benefits. Clark Fellows are guaranteed to receive support for a specific period, assuming satisfactory academic progress.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Candidates must:
-Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
-Be newly admitted to a graduate program; and
-Demonstrate how they will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their program.

Application Procedure

To apply, answer "yes" to the Clark Fellowship question on the graduate degree program application and submit the Clark Fellowship Essay.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/clifford-clark-fellowship.html


(Scholarship)

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Program - 7 Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded State University of New York (SUNY) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Binghamton University helps students obtain PhDs by providing financial support to pursue graduate study; faculty mentors to guide students academically and professionally; and a support network of staff to assist them in accomplishing their goals.The benefits of becoming a SUNY LSAMP BD Fellow include:
-Tuition, fees and student health insurance waiver for first two years
-Stipend of $30,000 annually for first two years
-Level funding in years 3, 4, & 5 if qualified to advance to PhD
-Faculty mentoring
-Participation in professional conferences and meetings
-Links to research and professional opportunities
-Enriched academic services and support

Value of Scholarship(s)

$30,000 stipend + additional benefits

Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria:-Participation in an LSAMP program during undergraduate studies
-Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline with a 3.0 GPA or better
-U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-Acceptance into a STEM graduate program at Binghamton University
-Desire to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline

Application Procedure

To apply, visit the LSAMP webpage and click the link at the bottom of the page

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/lsamp/bd/


(Scholarship)

University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

Other criteria considered include overall financial need; a recent or current demonstrated commitment to community service; and a clear vision of intended career goals. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

Established in 2003 by the University Women's Club, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, second-year female graduate student who demonstrates academic merit and a GPA of at least 3.7.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the University Women Female Graduate Student Scholarship Application form.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/assistantships-fellowships.html#university-women


(Scholarship)

Elizabeth A. Knapp Scholarship for Adult Women - No. of awards TBC

Established in 1985 by colleagues of Elizabeth A. Knapp to honor her 19 years of service to the University, this scholarship assists non-traditional female students with demonstrated financial need who have experienced delays pursuing their education.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various

Eligibility

The scholarship is awarded to women at least 25 years of age who are admitted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, with planned enrollment of at least 6 credits per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply or for more information, see the Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship webpage.

Further Information

http://binghamton.edu/financial-aid/scholarship_pages/elizabeth_knapp_scholarship.html



Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university; AND Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. Undergraduate major in engineering desirable for admission.

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