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Integration Of Undergraduate Research In The Bioe Curriculum At Rice University

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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BME Research and Design

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10.810.1 - 10.810.5



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Ka-yiu San

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Integration of undergraduate research in the BIOE curriculum at Rice University

Ka-Yiu San

Department of Bioengineering, Rice University Houston, Texas 77005

Abstract One of the special features of the Bioengineering Undergraduate program at Rice University is the ample opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in independent research projects under the supervision of faculty members. Various mechanisms have been developed to maximize such opportunities. Most students take advantage of these opportunities by enrolling in BIOE400 (Undergraduate Research) where they can earn one to three credit hours, depending on their involvement and efforts spent on the project. This course can be counted as one of the electives towards their degree requirements. Other students involved in research projects get paid for their efforts. At the same time, some students take advantages of the various scholarship programs that are available during the summer time. These programs include the NSF Cellular Engineering IGERT Undergraduate Research program, the matching fund program for the Brown Undergraduate Research Internships from the Dean of School of Engineering, and the NSF REU opportunities from individual faculty. In this presentation, an overview of various undergraduate research activities in the Bioengineering Department at Rice University will be presented.

Introduction The Bioengineering undergraduate program at Rice University is designed to prepare students for careers in rapidly developing areas of biomedical engineering and bioprocessing. The undergraduate educational program in Bioengineering (BIOE) has the goal of producing a new type of biomedical engineer, fully conversant with modern biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. This type of biomedical engineer will translate bench-scale scientific advances in biological sciences into cost-effective new products and processes. New and innovative curricula are being developed to educate biomedical engineers who will not only create new tissues and cell-based therapies but also deliver them at a cost affordable to our health care system.

The educational program objectives of the B.S. degree in Bioengineering at Rice University are to: • Provide students with a fundamental understanding of the life and medical sciences;

San, K. (2005, June), Integration Of Undergraduate Research In The Bioe Curriculum At Rice University Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15050

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