Undergraduate Opportunities

Warren Grill (left) and Marcus Coleman (right). After spending a summer conducting neural prosthetics research in Grill's laboratory, Coleman joined the biomedical device innovation course to see neurosurguries in action.

BME 590: Biomedical Device Innovation

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) 590 course offers undergraduate and graduate engineering students the opportunity to shadow Duke Health physician mentors in the clinical setting in order to develop solutions to real-world challenges.

Teams of at least four students are paired with a physician mentor at Duke Health, whom they shadow for many hours over the course of several weeks. During that time, the teams observe everything they can and pepper their mentor with questions about how different devices work, what difficulties certain procedures present and, in general, how their jobs could be made easier.

The students then brainstorm how they could use their engineering know-how to solve the problems. Each class results in invention disclosure forms being submitted to Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures. Then the students decide which products to patent, and create a prototype which they can refine in the next class. The hope is that most of the projects selected will eventually make it to market. Read story

Data+ Summer Program

MEDx co-sponsors a summer opportunity for Duke undergraduate students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges in the health and life sciences. MicroRNA graphicData+ is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment.

As part of the Information Initiative at Duke's Data+ program, students will learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science and making meaningful contributions to a research project related to health or 'omics data. Learn more and apply