The undergraduate Academic Counselors advise bioengineering majors about our curriculum, quarterly schedules, scholarships, internships, and research and other special opportunities within the department and University. The counselors provide advice about career planning and the application processes to graduate school and to professional degree programs (business school, law school and a variety of clinical degree programs). The counselors also facilitate communication between faculty and students, representing student concerns to the faculty and faculty concerns to the students. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with an Academic Counselor whenever they are experiencing any problems that interfere with their success as a student.
Bioengineering faculty also play an important advising and mentoring role for our undergraduates. The faculty help students define their research interests and clarify their directions after graduation. They provide crucial scientific mentoring to the students in their labs. Bioengineering students meet the faculty during classes, at departmental events, and as a result of exploring the department’s research.
Bioengineering majors often make use of additional counseling resources at the University, including:
College of Engineering Student Academic Services – To explore other engineering majors or connect with the college’s leadership and diversity programs;
Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) Advising – To explore other majors outside engineering; pre-medical advising and advising for other clinical and professional degree programs
The Honors Program – Honors information, program opportunities, and honors courses
UW International Programs and Exchanges – For students seeking study abroad opportunities
The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards – For students applying for competitive national and international scholarships
Before graduate students even begin their full-time Ph.D. or M.S. programs, students are assigned a first-year faculty mentor and graduate student mentor based on research, academic or professional interests. These mentors provide incoming students with advice about moving and settling into Seattle, research rotations, finding the right research lab and picking the right electives. First-year mentors work with the new graduate students until the new students have joined their research labs.
The first-year cohort elects up to two first-year officers who, along with one or two Graduate Student Representatives (GSR’s), organize and implement team-building social events throughout the year. This leadership team is also responsible for bringing student feedback directly to the Department Chair during quarter Student Advisory Board meetings.
Once a student joins a lab, the Primary Investigator of that lab becomes the student’s faculty mentor. In addition, the Senior Academic Counselor also provides one-to-one and cohort-specific mentoring about the Ph.D. and M.S. curriculums and milestones, fellowships, internships and career opportunities. The Senior Academic Counselor also facilitates communication between faculty and students, representing student concerns to the faculty and faculty concerns to the students. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Senior Academic Counselor whenever they are experience any problems that interfere with their success as a student.
Bioengineering graduate students are also encouraged to utilize the additional mentoring resources provided by:
Bioengineering Commonview (access restricted to current UW Bioengineering students only)
The Graduate School
The Graduate Opportunity for Minority Achievement Program