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Biomedical Engineering

BME 2860 and BME 3860

Course Description:

BME 3860 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.  Students must typically be of junior or senior standing to register for this course, but exceptions may be made for sophomores who obtain special permission from the Course Director and the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Dr. Craig Duvall).

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to work 4 hrs/week per credit hour on the BME 3860 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 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


  • Poster Presentation, Featheringill Atrium, 2:30 - 4:30 PM, Dec 2nd 2019
  • BME Seminar Reports (amount equal to number of credit hours taken for BME 3860/3861) due Dec 6th at 11:59 PM (fill out here)
  • Principal Investigator Report of student Manuscript due Dec 13th at 11:59 PM, send to the Course Director
  • Posters can be printed at no cost by sending the pdf version to by 12 PM on Nov 27th

Getting Registered:

  • Find a mentor and project
  • Fill out and submit BME 3860 Registration Form
  • or the BME 2860  Registration Form
  • This online form will go through a series of approval steps (research advisor, academic advisor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Course Director), each of which you will be notified via email.  It is your responsibility to follow up with these people.