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Want to do research?
If you want to do research in the BME department, you need to start by going to https://bme.gatech.edu/bme/research, which gives an overview of research conducted by BME faculty and graduate students in their labs. Clicking on an area of focus will takes you to another page which shows faculty who have labs in that area. Click on the faculty link and go to their sites (some don't have them, but most do) and read up on their research. After that, contact a few faculty members by email expressing your interest in working in their labs, and asking for an interview. If you don’t get a response in a few days, send another email, or stop by their offices. You must be persistent to try to get something arranged.
Once you have that contact established, and you and the professor have come to an agreement on what you will do, fill out the attached undergraduate research form, have your faculty advisor sign it (professor or grad student), attach a short write up explaining the nature of your research, and bring the form to your academic advisor. The forms are online at http://bme.gatech.edu/bme/undergrad-forms and also in a tray outside the Academic Offices. Once you have turned in the form, a permit will be put in the system for you, which kicks out an email with the CRN number that allows you to register for the research. Associate Chair Dr. Joe Le Doux does not need to sign the form. Students register research for credit with either BMED 2699 (freshmen/sophomores) or BMED 4699 (juniors/seniors), based on your current hours.
Consult with your research advisor to determine the appropriate number of credit hours desired for the experience. It is expected that you should spend approximately three hours per week on research for every hour of credit for fall and spring semesters, while you should spend approximately four hours per week on research for every credit hour in summer.
A final report is required. Your research advisor assigns a final course grade. The assumption is that your research advisor will require a report. If so, just turn in a copy of the same report to your academic advisor. You can send it the form electronically or deliver a hard copy. If your research advisor does not require a report, then create one yourself, based on the criteria on the front page of the instructions, and then turn it into your academic advisor.
Students receiving pay for their research work do not register for BMED 2699/4699 courses, and they do not need to fill out a research form. Rather they should register for BMED 2698 (1st and 2nd year students) or BMED 4698 (3rd and 4th year students). Students contact their academic advisor and let their advisor know whose lab they are working in that semester. The academic advisor will then put a permit in the system to allow the student to register. It is important to register paid research to have it recorded on your transcript, you may need this to satisfy the two semester requirement to use research for credit towards BME depth elective credit. This will not add anything to your tuition payment.
To apply for research for pay, go to http://www.undergradresearch.gatech.edu for PURA and other opportunities, and http://petitinstitute.gatech.edu/petit-scholars for the Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Some students may also be paid directly through the lab in which they are working.
Up to six hours of research for credit (BMED 2699/4699) are allowed to count as BMED depth elective credit, provided the research was conducted for credit in the same lab over a period of at least two semesters. These do not have to be consecutive semesters. This is retroactive, so if you have done 2699/4699 research in a Biomedical Engineering lab in the past, you can use this credit as long as it adheres to the specifications above. Note: Although you can only use up to six hours for elective credit, there is no limit to the number of research hours you can do.
Undergraduate research credit (2699/4699 courses) performed for faculty outside the Coulter Department may be used to satisfy up to a total of 6 credit hours of BME depth elective requirements, provided that the research: (1) was conducted in the same lab over a period of at least two semesters (2698/4698 courses can be used to satisfy the two-semester requirement), and (2) has a significant engineering component that relates to the student’s studies in the BME curriculum. Otherwise, the credit can be used to satisfy only BME free elective requirements. This research must be approved by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. The Undergraduate Research Form for non-BME labs form must be filled out and turned into your academic advisor. The advisor will give it to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies for his/her approval consideration. He/she will return it to the advisor, the advisor will contact the student to inform her/him that the research was approved/not approved. NOTE: You register for this credit through the other department where you are doing research. If you are doing research in an MSE lab, you register through that department, not BME. The non-BME form you fill out is only to see if your research can be approved for BME depth elective credit. The form is located here: http://bme.gatech.edu/bme/undergrad-forms
Students cannot use research to satisfy the Research Option requirement for the breadth electives, and also to satisfy depth elective credit. Research must be used for one or the other. If students are using the Research Option to satisfy breadth elective credit, they will need to fulfill their 12 hours of depth electives by taking classes. For more information on the Research Option, go here: http://undergradresearch.gatech.edu/research-option
If students are using the Research Option to fulfill their 15 required hours of breadth electives, they can do research anywhere at Georgia Tech. Their research does not have to be in the engineering department, or in engineering at all. To complete the Research Option, students must do at least nine hours of research for either credit or pay. They will also take two thesis writing courses, LMC 4701 and LMC 4702. If students complete the Research Option by doing less than the 15 hours of required breadth electives, they can use any elective credit hours to substitute towards the 15 hours. So, for example, a student does six hours of research for credit, is awarded PURA for one semester and does three hours for pay, takes the two LMC courses and writes the thesis. In this scenario, the student has satisfied the requirements for the Research Option, and has a total of eight hours of credit. The student will still need seven hours of credit in other courses to achieve the 15 required hours for breadth elective credit.
Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology &
Emory University School of Medicine
BME @ GT:
313 Ferst Drive, Room 2127 Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.385.0124 :: Fax: 404.894.4243
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1760 Haygood Dr, Ste W 200 Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404.727.9874 :: Fax: 404.727.9873