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The Academic Office has gone electronic for registering research.

Use this form to request a permit for research from a BME faculty or to receive depth elective credit for research conducted in a non-BME lab.

Need help finding a lab? Search the BME PairMe website for research lab openings.

Apply to conduct general research with a faculty member or select from one of nine research areas within BME. Click here to apply. For any inquiries or assistance, feel free to reach out to Dr. Essy Behravesh, Director of Student Services, Senior Academic Professional, at essy@gatech.edu or Dr. Jaydev P. Desai, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, at jaydev@gatech.edu

Doing engineering research for credit can be used for BME depth or breadth elective credit, not both.  
  • Students must register research in the same lab for at least two semesters (does not have to be consecutive) to count research as depth.
  • Students can satisfy the two-semester requirement by doing research for pay for one of the semesters.
  • Note: Volunteer research, meaning you are not registering the research, will not count as one of the two semesters.
  • VIP research can be used for depth elective credit; however you must complete at least six hours for it to be counted as a depth elective.
  • To do research with primary faculty members in the BME department, go to the Research overviews part of our website. Lab areas of focus are listed here. Click on each area, which takes you to another page where each faculty member is listed. Click on faculty members and go to their lab sites and read up on their research.
  • Contact a few faculty members by email — then by going to see them if they don’t respond to the email in a few days. Be persistent. Only faculty listed here are considered primary BME faculty members.
  • Faculty not on this list are non-BME faculty. They may work with the department, but their home departments are in another major. You will have to register your research through that department/school.  Once you have that contact established, and you and the professor have come to an agreement on what you will do, apply for a permit.
  • Research will still be classified as either BME and non-BME department research (similar to old paper forms). To initiate a form for research conducted in a lab where the Principal Investigator (PI)/Research Mentor (Professor) has a primary BME appointment, click here. The list of primary BME faculty is found here, “Primary Faculty” under “Faculty Type.” To initiate a form for any other Georgia Tech lab, click here.
  • Prepare, in consultation with your research mentor, brief descriptions of the research area and work to be completed and enter them on the DocuSign form.
  • Consult with your research advisor to determine the appropriate number of credit hours for the experience. You should spend approximately three hours per week on research for every hour of credit for fall and spring semesters, while you should spend approximately four hours per week on research for every credit hour in summer. 
  • **IMPORTANT** When registering research, you will need to manually change the number of credit hours after you have registered for the course.  Research credit defaults to one hour.  If you and your research advisor have agreed upon more than one hour of credit, you will need to find the research course in OSCAR and click on the “1” credit hour, and manually change it to the number of credit hours you are seeking. For example, change from “1” to “3.”
  • A final report is required. This report (typically 4 to 8 pages with 1.5-line spacing) should provide a detailed description of the work completed by the student and will be used to verify that the work performed is consistent with that originally proposed. Summary reports that contain only vague descriptions of tasks accomplished are not acceptable. The report MUST be submitted via the Undergraduate Research App, no later than the end of final exam week.
  • Your faculty research advisor assigns a final course grade. The assumption is that your research advisor will require a report. If so, just turn in a copy of the same report to your academic advisor. You can send it electronically or deliver a hard copy. If your research advisor does not require a report, then create one yourself, based on the criteria on the front page of the research form instructions, and turn it into your academic advisor at the end of the term.
  • Students receiving pay for their research work do not register for BMED 2699/4699 coursesand they do not need to fill out a research form. Rather, they should register for BMED 2698 (1st and 2nd year students) or BMED 4698 (3rd and 4th year students).
  • Students contact their academic advisor and let their advisor know whose lab they are working in that semester. The academic advisor will then put a permit in the system to allow the student to register.  
  • Faculty not on this list are non-BME faculty. They may work with the department, but their home departments are in another major. You will have to register your research through that department/school. 
  • It is important to register paid research to have it recorded on your transcript. You may need this to satisfy the two-semester requirement to use research for credit toward depth elective credit. This will not add anything to your tuition payment.
  • To apply for research for pay, go to http://www.undergradresearch.gatech.edu/ for PURA and other opportunities, and http://petitinstitute.gatech.edu/petit-scholars for the Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars program.
  • Some students may also be paid directly through the lab in which they are working. Talk to your research advisor.
  • Consider doing research through the VIP program, Vertically Integrated Projects. There are several projects that include BME students.
  • VIP research can be used for depth elective credit; however you must complete at least six hours in order for it to be counted as depth. If you complete five hours or less, it will count as free elective credit, unless you started VIP research prior to the Spring 2016 semester.
  • While VIP projects are a lot of fun, know that VIP research is better for students who might be interested in industry careers or entrepreneurship. Students who want to pursue engineering graduate programs should do research in traditional labs, where they will have the opportunity to present research at conferences and/or get their names on publications.
  • Up to six hours of research for credit (BMED 2699/4699) are allowed to count as BMED depth elective credit, provided the research was conducted in the same lab over a period of at least two semesters. These do not have to be consecutive semesters.
  • A total of six hours of research may be registered in one semester.
  • One of your two semesters can be for pay, and satisfy the two-semester requirement, although the semester for pay does not count as credit. So, for example, you do three credits of research in the fall, then in the spring you receive PURA in the same lab and receive a stipend. You will have satisfied the two-semester requirement, and will be able to use the three hours of credit from the fall semester for depth elective credit.
  • Note: Although you can only use up to six hours for depth elective credit, there is no limit to the number of research hours you can do while at Georgia Tech. Also note that this is retroactive, so if you have done 2699/4699 research in a Biomedical Engineering lab in the past, you can use this credit as long as it adheres to the specifications above.
  • Undergraduate research credit (2699/4699 courses) performed in research labs outside the BME Department may also be used to satisfy up to a total of six credit hours of BME depth elective requirements, provided that the research: (1) was conducted in the same lab over a period of at least two semesters (2698/4698 courses can also be used to satisfy the two-semester requirement), and (2) has a significant engineering component that relates to the student’s studies in the BME curriculum. Otherwise, the credit can be used to satisfy only BME free-elective requirements. Note, these do not have to be consecutive semesters.
  • This research must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Dr. Essy Behravesh). To initiate a form for any other Georgia Tech lab, click here.
  • NOTE: You register for this credit through the other department/school where you are doing research.  For example, if you are doing research in an MSE lab, you register through that school, not BME.  
  • The non-BME form you fill out is only to verify if your research can be approved for BME depth elective credit.
  • Note: Some faculty may appear to be BME primary faculty, but their home schools are not BME.
  • ME or NRE Research – Research for an ME or NRE professor must be requested via the online database. All ME and NRE research requests must be submitted by end of day on Thursday of the first week of clasees. Submissions after this time will not be processed and students will not be allowed to register for the research class for that particular semester.
  • If you are using the Research Option to fulfill your breadth electives, you can do research anywhere in anything at Georgia Tech. Specifically for the breadth elective requirements, the research does not have to be engineering-related research.  
  • You do at least nine hours of research for the Research Option, receiving credit or pay. You will also take two thesis writing courses, LMC 4701 and LMC 4702. You need 15 hours of breadth elective credit. If you complete the Research Option by doing less than 15 hours, you can use any elective credit hours to substitute toward the 15 hours.
  • For example, you do six hours of research for credit, get PURA one semester and do three hours for pay, take the two LMC courses and write your thesis. In this scenario, you have a total of eight hours of credit. You can use any other credit that you have for the other seven hours you need to satisfy the 15 hours of breadth elective requirements.
  • Note: You cannot use research to satisfy both the Research Option requirement for the breadth electives, and also to satisfy depth elective credit. If you are using the Research Option to satisfy breadth elective credit, you will need to fulfill your 12 hours of depth electives by taking classes.
  • Sometimes students make arrangements to do research with someone not associated with Georgia Tech. In the case of someone local, such as a lab at Emory, the expectation is still that the student would do two semesters of research to be able to count it as depth elective credit.
  • In the case where a student does the research abroad or out of state, and the research can only be done for one semester, the student can speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to see if the research can used as depth with only one semester in the lab. Note that in these cases, the student needs to have this research registered, either through the other institution or through their advisor in the BME department. See your advisor for more details on the procedures.

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