Educating a new breed of young scientists at the biology-engineering interface is the primary goal of the Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in BSSE. It is hoped that the students in this programme are at equal ease with a core area in biology and a core area in engineering.
BSSE PhD students get well-rounded background in basic subjects of engineering and biology before they embark on their research in the laboratories of their two advisers. We have developed a core curriculum that all of the students must go through. There is also ample choice for taking elective courses.
What is Bioengineering Practicum?
Practicum, by definition, is part of a course of study that involves the supervised practical application of the theory. In Bioengineering Practicum courses, students do just that and more. It is instituted because many BSSE students do experimental work and they need to pick up the skills required for the labs of their two advisers. It gives them a chance to learn and interact with the lab members early on. In most cases, students take up a feasibility study, which helps them hit the ground running in their thesis research.
Students doing the Practicum have to submit a short write-up at the beginning of the semester describing they what will do. This must be done in consultation with the professor in charge of the lab they will do the work that semester. At the end of the semester, the students make a presentation to BSSE faculty. All BSSE faculty evaluate the presentation (and the work, of course) to decide a grade for this one-credit course.
All BSSE students should Practicum course in their first and second semesters.