Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the International Biomedical Engineering Honor Society

The Alpha Eta Mu Beta National Executive Council is excited to announce the sixth year of our Mentoring for INnovative Design Solutions (MINDS) Scholars Program. The MINDS program is an innovative approach that provides students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with peers and mentors across the country, while building necessary engineering design skills, including 3 key considerations that are not usually stressed in coursework projects. The 3 key considerations are (1) market considerations for commercialization (unmet need, size of market, reimbursement potential, etc.), (2) regulatory strategy, and (3) evaluating prospects for intellectual property protection. MINDS Scholars enhance their knowledge of product design, and learn how to effectively communicate with teammates and mentors who are from other schools and organizations using collaborative online tools, which are becoming an increasingly important skill in today’s work environment. The MINDS Scholar Program has received yearly funding from the National Science Foundation since 2016 to support participant travel to the MINDS workshop that starts the program. For more information about the MINDS Scholar Program and information on past participant projects, please visit:  http://alphaetamubeta.org/minds.html

Participation in the MINDS Scholar Program is through a competitive application process that takes place annually August- September. The theme for the 2020-2021 MINDS scholars program is Biomedical Engineering Design for Unmet Health Care Needs: Focus on Infectious Disease. Alpha Eta Mu Beta will provide registration stipends (student registration up to $300) for all MINDS scholars to attend the 2020 virtual BMES conference on October 14-17, 2020. All MINDS sessions will be offered virtually during the same time period, and scholars are expected to attend MINDS sessions as part of their conference activities, as well as take maximum advantage of attending other BMES sessions that do not conflict with MINDS sessions. The initial MINDS virtual workshop and training sessions will occur during BMES, where participants will meet their assigned teams and professional engineering mentors. Each team will continue to work on their project for five months after the workshop using collaborative tools such as online meetings, document sharing, and group collaboration applications. Alpha Eta Mu Beta will provide additional resources and assistance to help participants and mentors address the design criteria. After five months, teams will present their design online in the form of their choosing, such as presentations for potential investors, videos for kickstarter campaigns or other creative outlets.


Please note that students do not have to be AEMB or BMES members to participate. We are especially encouraging sophomores and juniors to apply because they will get the most out of the program, but graduate students are also welcome.

Please fill out the application below in its entirety and submit by September 30, 2020. If you have any questions about this application or about the MINDS program, please email us at aemb@alphaetamubeta.org 

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* 1. Please enter your full name

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* 2. Please enter the name of the university you currently attend or will be attending in Fall 2020

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* 4. In what time zone do you live?

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* 5. What is your major?

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* 7. Please enter your email address

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* 8. Please enter your full mailing address

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* 9. Personal Statement: Briefly describe your interest in participating in the MINDS program and any related experiences you may have. (Limit of 400 words)

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* 10. MINDS Innovation Focus and the Opportunity for Distance Collaboration: The focus of this year’s workshop is Biomedical Engineering Design for Unmet Health Care Needs: Focus on Infectious Disease. Please discuss (1) at least one potential idea you can offer for this theme and (2) which challenges and opportunities you foresee when participating in long-distance teamwork (Limit of 400 words)

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* 11. Agreement and Signature: By submitting this application and typing my name below, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. I understand that I am committing to attending the virtual BMES conference and initial MINDS program activities that will be scheduled between October 14 and 17, 2020; and that I will be eligible for a student registration stipend (up to $300). I also understand that being accepted into the MINDS workshop is a five-month commitment beyond the in-person meeting, and that I will be working with students and mentors from varying universities and locations throughout this time period, and I will be expected to put forth adequate effort into completion of the team project.

Please type your name in the box below as your electronic signature; and then click "done" to submit your application.

Thank you for completing the MINDS Scholar Program application. We expect that notifications regarding program participation will be sent by October 5, 2020.  If you are selected, please respond to any communications in a timely manner to reserve your spot in the program. If you do not respond to eligibility communications within 48 hours, we may proceed to give the spot to another candidate in the waiting list.


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