June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.797.1 - 13.797.13
Intramural Research Internship: A Requirement of the Undergraduate Bioengineering Curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh Abstract
Intramural Research Internship has been offered as a core Bioengineering course since the inauguration of the University of Pittsburgh’s undergraduate Bioengineering degree program in 1998. The goal of this course is to provide a collaborative, interdisciplinary research experience that exposes students to pathways for graduate education and professional careers in bioengineering. By complementing the education acquired in the classroom, we have found that this experience is both beneficial and motivational. This paper provides an overview of our Intramural Research Internship course and some of the unique teaching strategies that have been successfully implemented over the past decade.
Our approach to undergraduate education is to provide students with an opportunity to receive individualized training in bioengineering while meeting the following objectives.
Objective #1: Graduates will have a strong foundation in fundamentals of life sciences (biology and physiology), mathematics, engineering principles and the humanities.
Objective #2: Graduates will have both a broad knowledge of the technical and social principles of bioengineering as well as a focused education in one concentration area within bioengineering.
Objective #3: Graduates will be prepared for careers through educational experiences beyond the classroom, which will deepen an understanding of the technical and non- technical issues in bioengineering, process and design.
Objective #4: Graduates will have required knowledge to meet postgraduate goals in industry, graduate school or medical school.
In order to meet objectives #3 & #4, we believe that a research internship experience is essential for students to appreciate the need for engineering education outside the classroom, and to make better informed decisions about their future careers. Thus, unlike any other Bioengineering Department that we are aware of, we have made our intramural research internship course a requirement of our undergraduate curriculum. We generally offer this course to juniors such that their fundamental mathematics, chemistry, biology, and bioengineering courses can provide a sufficient basis for laboratory work. With our undergraduate program now exceeding 150 students, the major challenges that stem from our decision to make this a required course are 1) providing a sufficient number of internship opportunities, and 2) finding projects that match students’ interests. Fortunately, at the University of Pittsburgh, the Swanson School of Engineering is located within one city block of our world class School of Medicine and the vast clinical research facilities at the University of
Abramowitch, S., & Redfern, M., & Debski, R., & Almarza, A., & Borovetz, H., & Woo, S. (2008, June), Intramural Research Internship: A Requirement Of The Undergraduate Bioengineering Curriculum At The University Of Pittsburgh Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3690
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2008 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015