Semester in Review

BMES Board

BMES would like to welcome you back to what is sure to be another fun and fulfilling semester at Penn.

The Fall 2014 semester was a very successful one for us. We won the BMES Outstanding Outreach Award from the national BMES organization for our efforts in spreading awareness about bioengineering to the surrounding community. We also organized a variety of events focused on professional development, community service and academics. One of our biggest events was the BE Alumni Reception. Taking place in the Glandt Forum of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, undergraduate BE students had the opportunity to speak with alumni about their undergraduate experiences and the careers they are currently pursuing with their BE degrees. Another event was the Healthcare Consulting Panel, hosted in partnership with the M&T Club. The panel consisted of representatives from ZS Associates, PwC, and Simon-Kucher & Partners. It was a great way for students to learn more about healthcare consulting from professionals in the field. In November, we organized a registry drive with Be The Match to allow BE students to join a bone marrow registry and get the opportunity to save the lives of blood cancer patients. We are planning on holding another drive this semester to give even more people the chance to register.

Last semester, we also held the annual kickoff for the BE Mentoring Program, which is now in its second year. We are thrilled that even more students are taking part. The program provides underclassmen with upperclassmen mentors and matches upperclassmen with graduate student mentors. We match the mentors and mentees based on both their academic and extracurricular interests, and hope to foster many great professional and personal relationships through the program.

In addition to singular events, we had recurring events that we hosted multiple times last semester, and will continue to hold this semester. These event series were meant to encourage interactions throughout the BE community and strengthen the bonds between students, faculty, and alumni.  BE Breakrooms occurred monthly and allowed students to enjoy lunch with their favorite BE professors and get to know them outside of the classroom setting. Similarly, we hosted multiple BETA Talks where students could learn about the different types of research being conducted at Penn.

More information on these events can be found on the Past Events page on our website. If you have any questions about BMES or any of our events, please feel free to contact us at pennbmes@gmail.com. We are looking forward to this semester, and we hope you are as well!