BME Graduate Student Association: BMEGSA

BMEGSA at the ohio state university logo

An active group of Ohio State BME graduate students runs a Buckeye chapter of the BMES nationwide organization for graduate students called BMEGSA. The student organization is open to all Ohio State students with any interest in graduate school or biomedical engineering. The organization's goal is to create a welcoming environment that can provide students with resources, and opportunities for professionalization, socializing, networking, and doing outreach with the local community.

Three graduate students dressed up like powerpuff girls at the Halloween social event
Graduate students at a Halloween social event

BMEGSA major events:

Recurring Academic Events

  • EHIRS: Engineering and Healthcare Industry Research Symposium
    • Their biggest event of the year, the Engineering and Healthcare and Research Symposium provides an opportunity for biomedical engineering graduate students to foster connections with industry and present their work. This annual event includes a keynote speaker, graduate student presentations, student poster presentations, and a panel session with industry members.
  • Student Seminar Series
    • Each semester graduate students give a short presentation on their research as an opportunity to gain experience giving presentations and to receive feedback from students and faculty on their work.
  • Coffee with Professors
    • A recurring event for graduate students to interact with BME faculty in an informal setting. Each session offers a different theme and specific faculty members who are available to share their experiences and answer questions related to the topic. Coffee and donuts are provided by BMEGSA.
  • BMES Annual Meeting
    • At the yearly BMES conference, BMEGSA members and officers attend to chat with prospective students while also attending panels and presenting their own research.
Three students stand in front of the Ohio State BME booth at BMES
2023-2024 BMEGSA officers at the 2023 BMES Annual Meeting

Recurring Social Events

  • Welcome Back BBQ
    • Each fall BMEGSA welcomes new and returning members to the start of the semester with a BBQ event held outside that offers food, drinks, and fun
  • Fall Party
    • Around Halloween BMEGSA gets together for a game night, drinks, food and spooky fun
  • Winter Bash
    • Right before winter break, BMEGSA gets together for a winter bash. Along with food and drinks, there are always different activities ranging from a white elephant gift exchange to cookie decorating to games
  • End of Year Social
    • At the end of the academic year BMEGSA hosts a social event to help students unwind and celebrate. Food, drinks, and games are provided by BMEGSA and events have ranged from board game nights, eSports Arenas, and BBQs.

Recent Panels/Workshops

  • A PhD’s Transition to Industry
    • A recently held panel event offered an online discussion for tips on job search strategies featuring a panel of OSU alums who made a successful transition from the PhD to an industry career.
  • Get Ready for Candidacy
    • A graduate student panel that was created to give students preparing for candidacy a space to ask graduate students questions about the written proposal, and the written/oral exam.
  • Resume and Interview Tips Workshop
    • Collaborating with Engineering Career Services, BMEGSA held a workshop to support graduate students with resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing.

In addition to these events listed above, BMEGSA holds frequent general body meetings, outreach events, and social events.

Learn more about what OSU’s BMEGSA is doing by following them on social media:

Instagram, Facebook, TikTok


2023-2024 Leadership

Co-Presidents: Annie Ryan & Kimberly Denman

Vice President: Bronson Frank

Treasurer: Sydney Anderson

Outreach Chair: Katarina Sikiric

Social & Wellness Chair: Megan Allyn