These programs serve students who are:
- Interested in completing a master's degree in biomedical engineering (BME),
- Pursuing a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics
or other appropriate degrees, and
- Seeking a way to work in a research laboratory while they study
Benefits to Students
Left: Students work in paid laboratory positions while completing their BS and MS
degrees in five years.
Students who participate in this program will be able to earn both the BS and the
MS degrees in five years. Students with advanced placement credits may require less
time. Most students will receive a paying job in a laboratory once accepted into the
program. All students, once they reach senior status (within two semesters of graduation
with their bachelor's degree) will become eligible for graduate assistantships (GA).
The typical GA includes a tuition-and-fees scholarship and a monthly salary. Students
remain in GA status throughout their senior year and their graduate year(s).
Learning by doing is central to this program. Students will join research teams organized
through the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by The University of Memphis and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center . Such teams include internationally recognized laboratories at several sites, including,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, LeBonheur Children's Hospital, and the Memphis
VA Medical Center.
Application and Continuation Procedures
Right: Working directly with faculty, students often find that these hands-on experiences
are a great contribution to their learning.
Student can apply once they have reached sophomore standing and have completed one
semester of course work at The University of Memphis. Application materials should
include an application form, two letters of reference and a copy of the student's
transcript. Each applicant will be required to complete an interview with a pre-graduate
advisor in the BME department. Once admitted, students are assigned to a pre-graduate
advisor who directs their research experiences and monitors their progress toward
graduation. In order to remain in the program past the junior year, students must
maintain a GPA of at least 3.25. Students must meet all the requirements of their
departments' Bachelor's Degree and the requirements of the BME department's master's
degree. An application and reference form are available at this site. The forms are
in a document format; they can be downloaded, completed and submitted to the Accelerated
Program Director in Biomedical Engineering. Download the application and forms here.
Typical Student Expectations
A chart of the specific course work requirements can be obtained from the BME department.
However, in addition to course work, students are expected to complete research assignments.
This program includes paid, obligatory research assignments as a special form of experiential
learning. Students often find that these hands-on experiences are a significant contribution
to and motivation for their learning.
Between the time the student enters the program and the completion of their junior
year, students are expected to work a minimum of 6 hours per week in their pre-graduate
advisor's laboratory; when circumstances allow, more time per week is encouraged.
During the summer following their junior year, students will be expected to conduct
full-time research with their graduate advisor. Both general professional and research
skills are honed through such efforts. In their senior year, students will become
GAs and be expected to work with their graduate advisor a minimum of 20 hours per
week. In all following semesters, the student is a graduate student and is expected
to work full-time in their graduate advisor's laboratory. Every lab is different,
but this typically means 20 hours per week during the semesters and 40 hours per week
all other times of the year.