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The Directed Research (BMEn 4710) and Directed Study (BMEn 4720) registration categories allow students to earn academic credit for an independent project performed under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Students can complete 1-4 credits of Directed Research (BMEn 4710) or Directed Study (BMEn 4720) per semester. Note that a maximum of 6 total credits in Directed Research, Directed Study, and/or Co-Op (Industrial Assignment) may be counted toward the Engineering and Science Electives.
The number of credits earned for Directed Research is based on the amount of time spent in the lab each week. It is understood that students will work 3 hours per week for each credit earned (for example, a student earning 2 credits of Directed Research would work 6 hours per week in the lab).
In order to obtain credit for Directed Research or Directed Study, students must work under the supervision of a member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Faculty. Go to our Directory and click on the Graduate Faculty tab to see an alphabetical listing.
If students wish to work with a faculty member that is not on the graduate faculty list, they must find a department faculty member to serve as a co-advisor. Contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant and Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on the role of a co-advisor.
Review instructions on the Directed Research Tracking Form.
Meet with the faculty advisor and obtain his/her signature on the tracking form.
Submit the form along with a written abstract of the research project to the Undergraduate Program Assistant and Advisor.
After the Director of Undergraduate Studies approves the form and abstract, the student will be contacted with a permission number for registration.
Once the semester is over and the project is complete, the student submits a copy of the final paper to the Undergraduate Program Assistant and Advisor. The paper must include the Final Report Cover Sheet.
The faculty advisor should also receive a copy of the final paper and must report the grade to the Undergraduate Program Assistant and Advisor.
The paper and the faculty advisor's grade are forwarded to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for final approval before the grade is entered in the system.