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BME 3860 (BME 240)

Course Description:

BME 3860 (BME 240) is the biomedical engineering mentored research course. It is intended to foster an ability to conduct research through work in a laboratory on a well-defined research project. The course is independent research, not independent study. The research may be either experimental or theoretical in nature or a combination of both and should be hypothesis driven. It must be conducted under the supervision of a BME faculty member or another faculty member approved by the course director. Students identify their own mentors and projects based on their research interests.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to work 4 hrs/week per credit hour on the BME 3860 (BME 240) project (6 hrs/week per credit hour if summer). Students must attend one research seminar per semester per credit hour, preferably relevant to the research project (BME departmental seminars are recommended) and submit one Seminar Report per seminar. Students must submit a one-page, mid-semester progress report to the course director and to your preceptor via e-mail (see due date below). Students must present their work at a poster presentation at the end of the semester (see date below). Students also submit a final report summarizing their work at the end of the semester.


The preceptor grade will account for 75% of the student's final grade. The remaining components will be Presentation (10%), Final Paper as graded by the course director (10%), and completion of progress and seminar reports (5%). Grades of incomplete (I) are not permitted.

Course Director:

Dr. Franz Baudenbacher
6827 SC, (615) 322 6361

 Important Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: Mon Sept 5, 2016
  • Progress Report Due: Mon Oct 17, 2016
  • Poster Presentations Featheringill Atrium:
    Fri Dec 2, 2016, 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Final Papers Due: Wed Dec 7, 2016, 4:00 PM
  • Seminar Reports are due < 48 hrs after the seminar and no later than Wed Dec 7, 2016, 4:00 PM
  • Grades due from Preceptor: Wed Dec 14, 2016

Getting Registered:

  • Find a mentor and project
  • Fill out and submit BME 3860 (BME 240) Registration Form
  • Submit completed form to course director

BME 3860 (BME 240) Seminar Report

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