Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook

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The BME handbook contains policies, rules, procedures and general information affecting the students and faculty of the Program. Parts of this handbook refer to and parallel sections of the Graduate School Handbook. Program regulations define or extend Graduate School policies as they relate specifically to BME students and faculty. It should be noted that, although no regulation promulgated by the BME Program may contradict Graduate School regulations, some BME rules and standards are more stringent than the basic Graduate School policies. Where no specific policy has been stated by BME, Graduate School regulations apply.

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Revised July 2012; Last updated SU2022

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BME Graduate Students represent at the 2022 Hayes Graduate Research Forum.


The purpose of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook is twofold: to amplify the Graduate School Handbook (GSH) published by the Graduate School of The Ohio State University, and to provide additional information regarding the programs and activities of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The Graduate School Handbook (GSH) provides critical information for all prospective and current graduate students at The Ohio State University and is available at the Graduate School website

The material in this guide is prepared by the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee (BMEGSC) and Graduate Program Coordinator to clarify Departmental policies. Where appropriate, it has been approved by the Departmental Faculty via the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee (BMEGSC) and is subject to the interpretation of that committee.

Additional important university policies and dates can be found at at buckeyelink including links to the Course Catalog, Schedule of Classes, and University Registrar websites.

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Post-docs, graduate students, staff, and faculty strike a pose at the Buckeye reception during the national BMES annual meeting.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students (including combined degree students) to know and follow all Graduate School and Biomedical Engineering policies. During this time of personal and professional growth, graduate students are expected to be self-motivated to fully utilize all resources available for success in Graduate School. It will require initiative and the ability to read carefully and proactively. As well, it will require the building of many different types of relationships with classroom peers, lab mates, professors, faculty advisors, faculty supervisors, and program staff.

Research toward MS and PhD degrees may be conducted in any of the research areas associated with our many graduate faculty. Explore the BME website for a current list of graduate faculty and research areas.

Interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration is a hallmark of biomedical engineering. There will be differences among the policies and procedures set forth by different graduate programs and colleges: for example, differences may exists among recruitment, qualifying conditions, examinations, funding options, curriculum approval/protocol, and stipend ranges, etc. Please understand that much may vary among units while operating within parameters set forth by the Graduate School. The policies and practices described here have been carefully designed both to benefit and to be followed by all biomedical engineering graduate students.