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  1. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE In Physics, the understanding of light has evolved over the past few centuries and has enabled it to play a critical role in shaping each and every branch of science and engineering. Medical field has benefited from it the most where light forms the basis of optical imaging. Indeed, what intrigued me most is the “production of sound by light” when I was first introduced to a concept of photoacoustic (PA) imaging in my master’s thesis. While working on my thesis, I studied many articles including “Listening for the sound of cancer” which altogether inspired me to pursue research in the area of PA imaging. I feel the need to strengthen my fundamentals in Biomedical Engineering and therefore, in line with my goal of pursuing a career in research I find graduate studies in Biomedical Physics as a stepping stone to achieve this goal. I had obtained my Integrated Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, one of the prestigious engineering institute in India. My curiosity in BME arose due to my exposure to various biomedical instrumentation, surgical procedures and treatment protocols because of my mother who was then suffering from chronic kidney disease. My motivation in the field grew stronger when she passed away in my third semester. That was a biggest shock of my life and it also affected my studies throughout the year. Nevertheless, the support of my family and friends helped me to overcome that situation. The experiences I got during her illness helped me to meticulously work on my semester projects involving development of ECG and EMG circuits with their signal analysis. Working on projects provided me a good understanding in electronics, bio-signal processing and coding. Later on, these skills proved instrumental in learning Medical Imaging when I was introduced to it in seventh and eighth semester by Dr. Ratan Saha who taught us Physics of Medical Imaging. The theoretical knowledge acquired from his lectures became handy when he took our entire batch to a Cancer Hospital in our city. My interaction with technicians and doctors of medical imaging gave me an exhilarating experience. That day I was so overwhelmed and enthusiastic to learn and work in the area of biomedical imaging. As an old proverb say “where there is a will there is a way”, similarly, I got an opportunity to work on PA imaging (an emerging biomedical imaging modality) in my Master’s thesis under the guidance of Dr. Saha in my ninth semester. My Master’s thesis entitled “Photoacoustic signal computation from different erythrocytes” has given a firm understanding of basic building blocks of PA phenomenon. I also studied how to calculate the PA field from single cell using Green’s function and Exact methods. I thoroughly studied the works of Prof. Kolios and Dr. Saha which helped me to discern the influence of shape and size of the PA source on the spectrum at ultra-high frequency range (>100 MHz). The PA spectral features at high frequency may play a critical role in differentiating between normal and abnormal RBCs. In my thesis, I investigated about the dependence of PA signal on the distribution of optical absorption coefficient inside a single RBC. The results suggested that chromophore distribution affected the PA spectrum. Also, these results leaded to a conference article entitled “Effect of Gaussian distributed optical absorption profile of red blood cell on photoacoustic field ” in WESPAC-2018 (Western Pacific Acoustic Conference) held in New Delhi. Moreover, my thesis experience facilitated me to work with Mr. Anuj Kaushik, a PhD student of Dr. Saha. In this collaborative work, we first studied how differential PA cross-section (DPACS) vary with polar angle theta for different spheroidal and non-spherical axisymmetric particles. After that, we determined the morphological parameters of a normal and abnormal RBC by fitting with different form factor models (tri-axes ellipsoid and finite cylinder model). Our result established that both models provided a good fitting in the case of normal RBC where the error was within 4%. This work has leaded to a publication “Study on angular distribution of differential photoacoustic cross section and its implication in source size determination” which was recently published in Journal of Optical Society of America A. The part of the work has also been submitted to European Conference on Biomedical Optics (ECBO-2019). During this work, I also did simulations of PA field in k-Wave Matlab toolbox. This manuscript gave me a first-hand experience of working in a group, the importance of perseverance in a research field and taking criticisms of a reviewer as a positive feedback. Overall, I think the research experience I got while working under Dr. Saha helped me to build my attitude as a researcher. I have taken a careful decision of choosing Dr. Micheal C Kolios as my potential supervisor for the graduate studies in your university because I am very familiar with his research and also the collaboration of Dr. Saha with Kolios lab has kept me eager to learn more about his research works. My supervisor Dr. Ratan K Saha also encouraged me to apply for Master’s program at Ryerson University. In Kolios's lab, I would like to gain theoretical and experimental knowledge in the area of PA imaging and photoacoustic microscopy (PAM). In conclusion, I am aware that a strong dedication, devotion and determination is required to pursue a career in research. Nevertheless, I am sure that my motivation, quest for knowledge and a strong passion to contribute in the field of biomedical imaging will drive me to achieve my carrier objective. I, therefore, look forward to begin my journey as a graduate student in your university.
  2. Anxiously Hopeful

    Johns Hopkins BME

    Hey! To all those (masters and Ph.D. applicants) who have been accepted to the BME program at JHU, have you all received the welcome/funding letter? I am waiting for mine. I applied to the MSE program and desperately hope to get some financial aid.
  3. Hey folks! So I was notified today that I have received a scholarship worth 20,000 USD from U of Florida. I was planning to decline their admission offer today. I would have preferred being given some time before re-assessing my decisions, however, I have to make the decision today or else the scholarship offer would not stand. How weird is this???
  4. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  5. Hey guys! Like I mentioned in the "Masters Applicants for Fall 2018" thread in Waiting It Out Forum, I have created a thread for BME/Bioengineering people! Even though I have not received all the results back from schools, I probably should start researching into the schools I got accepted to make a wise decision! This thread is to share and exchange information about BME/Bioengineering programs of different schools. I will try my best to gather information about schools, using all my resources (internet, friends, visiting campus) and update this thread. And... I would greatly appreciate if you do the same! I assume the topics will be about... Curriculum, School Atmosphere, Prestige, Career Services, Students, Faculty, Facilities, Research, Location, Quality of Life, Tuition, Cost of Living, etc. I'm tagging a few of people from "Masters Applicants for Fall 2018" thread to get this started. @scared @mungbean_ @BME_Engineering @lafry Current BME/Bioengineering students (grads and undergrads) are more than welcome to comment and add any relevant information for us! Thanks!
  6. I was accepted to both but could not visit because I am international. Which school should I choose and why?
  7. There are two universities that I am very interested in attending for masters in biomedical engineering and to which I have been accepted: the University of Florida at Gainsville and Johns Hopkins University. JHU has the best BME program but it is very costly. UFL, on the other hand, has half the tuition cost as JHU and I am also getting a $4500 scholarship there. Getting into JHU would be the best thing for my career, however, I want to continue with my higher studies and get a Ph.D. in the future and do not want to be neck-deep in debt. At the same time, I do not know if letting go of such an opportunity would be a wise decision. PS- TAship positions are available at JHU for first-year students and in the second year, students are eligible to get 100% tuition waiver provided they find a mentor who is willing to fund their studies while they complete their thesis. Please pour your opinions here.
  8. Hey all! So I got the most awaited acceptance letter from my dream school today, that is, Johns Hopkins University. I am super excited about it. However, I received the letter from the Vice Dean of Graduate Education and not from the department and it included the following statement: Please see the welcome letter from your department for more detailed information regarding any individualized funding support, program specifics and options, advisor arrangements, and program orientation requirements. I haven't received the welcome letter yet. Should I wait for the letter or start contacting the faculty or the program manager for the available TA-ship positions?
  9. Hey all! I am still waiting for the decisions from some universities like Michigan State and Purdue where I applied for master's in Biomedical Engineering. I applied to them way back in October and the status of my application has been the same ever since. Why are they taking so much time???
  10. Hiii everyone, I have applied for many 19 Fall's MSE/BME Ph.D. programs, and my research interests are mainly in the field of biomaterials/biosensing. But it is February now and there is no good news. So I would like to seek MSE/BME Master programs that have not yet reached the deadline. If any of them are thesis-based, it would be better! Any relevant information or suggestions are welcome. Thank you so much!
  11. Anxiously Hopeful

    In a state of flux

    Hello everyone! The previous week I got accepted to the master's program at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Florida in Biomedical Engineering. I love Case Western as it has been a pioneer in BME research for a long time, however, it is a private university and does not offer any financial aid to incoming masters students. The University of Florida, on the other hand, is a public university and I got a 4500 USD scholarship. I would have chosen Case Western over the University of Florida had it been more economical for me, but I am not sure whether I am thinking about this the right way. Is it worth it to let go of Case Western??
  12. Pause

    Tired of waiting

    Hi everyone! I guess there are some of you who are in the same position as me and I just wanted to vent a little and maybe talk about it with some people who might be in the same spot. I applied to both Purdue and Pitt for the BME/BioE Ph.D. program. On April 10th or so I asked about the process and in both schools, they told me I'd have to wait for an answer after the April 15th deadline, before the 20th. Here I am, April 24th writing to you with no answers. I got rejected from UPenn and got invited to the masters of CMU (Since a prof. really liked my profile but didn't have the money to accept me), so I'm hoping in one of them I will get accepted since I cannot afford the Masters (By the way if any of you know of funding for a masters for international students I can apply to I'd be thankful). This waiting is even worse since I don't even know when will it end. I'm just hoping it is soon so I can finally live without the constant worry of the app. status. Congrats to all who have been accepted and hold on for those who are still waiting!
  13. Hey guys, I am trying to decide between Columbia and Boston University for BME PhD and I would appreciate any input from other BME grads or prospective students! For reference, the stipends are pretty comparable, but Columbia has direct match whereas Boston has a rotations program. Does anyone know which place has better success for academic vs industry employment and what the reputation is at both locations?
  14. So I'm currently trying to choose between Duke's M.S. in BME program, and UMich's M.S. in BME program based on (in the following order) 1. Availability of jobs --> I'm not too keen on working for a huge company? I'd rather work for a mid-sized company, well funded, that allows me to gain some useful and hands-on experience. I've heard that UMich BME has some issues when it comes to finding good BME internships and jobs (compared to Duke and its proximity to the RTP). Is this true? 2. Availability of funding 3. Flexibility wrt concentration 4. Durham vs. Ann Arbor Anybody have any tips?
  15. I applied to Columbia’s PhD program for biomedical engineering and got an interview invite. It’s my top choice and I didn’t think it was going to work out, so I was ecstatic to hear from them. Since I got the email though, my stress levels have steadily gone up as I realized that this interview was a step in the right direction but no guarantee of admission. I want to be as well-prepared as possible, and I was wondering if anyone had advice/information on how Columbia’s interview process goes? Should I expect to talk about my own research experience or POI’s? Is it more casual or will it involve an intense technical interview? Are my chances of getting in relatively high or is it like a 50/50? Anything that would help me figure out where I stand and/or how to best prepare for this would be appreciated!
  16. Hello everyone, nice to meet you guys here.I am an international student and I plan to pursue my master's degree in U.S. Currently I have got the admission from Yale, NWU, Boston, JHU and Columbia. It's really a tough decision to choose one of them and decline all others.Could you guys give me some advice and help me to make a decision? I know JHU is definitely the best in BME field. But I believe Yale and Columbia are more well-known. I plan to find a job after graduation, so I think maybe Yale and Columbia are more suitable for me.Thank you for your kindness!
  17. scared

    ETH Zurich for BME

    Has anybody (or anybody you know of) heard back from ETH Zurich for Msc. in BME? They're supposed to send out decisions before March 15th, but I see that a lot of other branches have received theirs already, so I was wondering.
  18. Hello. I need some advice and help from you guys. I will greatly appreciate them! 1. I have heard from someone that many graduate programs admit students on rolling basis. Is this true? I have been researching schools for some time and I have not seen any mention of "rolling admission" on their websites. I was a bit panicking when I heard this because I just started narrowing down my school list and filling out the applications and I think I will be able to submit it right before the deadlines.... 2. I have B.S. degree in molecular biology. I have read some posts that it is doable but a lot harder to get into engineering programs with B.S. degree in biology. (The reason I am going for MS instead of PhD is also because I am bio major.) I was aiming for very top schools (top 10) because my GPA and GRE scores are competitive, but now I am not sure what kind of schools I should apply for. I do have some industry research experience: a little more than 2 years at a diagnostic device company (company manufacturing things like pregnancy test kits). I did not do anything really engineering-like because the company does not manufacture biosensors. 3. Consider my circumstances (#2) and stats below and recommend me schools that would give me some chance. GRE Q: 165 V: 162 W: ?? overall GPA: 3.74 major GPA: not sure but little higher than overall GPA Publication - 1 publication but it was during high school and I barely knew what's going on (it was computational organic chemistry) although they gave me credit for it.. so... it's negligible.. Research experience - one summer as a lab tech in a pathology lab; 2 years as a R&D research scientist at a diagnostic device company, responsible for developing new products (as mentioned above) Recommendations - 2 okay ones from my undergrad; 1 excellent one from my supervisor at the diagnostic device company
  19. Hey guys, i know we have a profile thread already. But since interviews are coming out, let's post the interview dates here so that we can try to avoid potential conflicts. Best of luck with everyone's applications and interviews!
  20. idkintj

    Advice for an Unprepared BME

    Hi! I'm currently a Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at one of the best BME schools in the world, and I'm feeling very unsure about my future (aren't we all?). I have had very little experience in research (about one full semester) mainly due to the fact that I really did not enjoy it and I don't feel passionate about it. Through undergrad I realized that while I do love science, I don't love the tedious work behind it. I'd rather look at the big picture/finished product, understand the science behind it, and move forward with commercialization. I've been interested in the biotech/business analytics aspect of the field (I work in tech transfer) but I know that my current education isn't enough to get me a career. I've been thinking about getting a Master's in BME, Engineering Management, or biotechnology, and then going to medical school in an effort to build up the knowledge and prestige that will make me more marketable as a management consultant or something similar. But I'm not sure if my profile is competitive enough. I have a 3.2GPA with 2Cs and a W (im gonna get it to a 3.5 by the time I graduate even if it kills me), strong leadership/volunteering, and decent work experience in tech transfer. I plan to take the GRE this summer, and I only have two average recommendations that I know I could get. Also, which such little research experience and little interest, I may have to do the non-thesis option for grad school. Overall, I'm just trying to collect as much advice as I can about what direction I should go in with my life. So, my questions are: 1.) What can I do in the next 2 semesters to be more competitive for grad school? 2.) Should I get a Masters in something outside of BME? 3.) Is getting a MS then MD really necessary? Is there a better educational path to take? 4.) Would it be worth it to take a gap year to really understand what I want to do in life?
  21. Hello! I recently decided to go to a graduate school in bioengineering/biomedical engineering field. I've been doing some research past couple weeks on schools and programs but I'm still pretty lost. Not sure how much of things (stats and experiences) are required for PhD or MS in engineering especially someone like me, who only has biology background... Here are some info about me so that you can provide me better advice: Undergrad: top 5 public school in the U.S. Major: Molecular Biology GPA: 3.74 (do not remember but my science gpa is higher) GRE: started studying just today! Research experiences: Pathology lab (summer during undergrad years) 2 years at medical device company R&D lab (related to bioconjugates and nanotechnology, but not really hard-core engineering.. more of biological sciences area) AND here are the questions: 1) Do I need to have a specific research area that I'm interested in before applying to schools? I'm sure of some things that I don't want to pursue such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, but I am not entirely sure of what I want yet (currently, I am interested in biosensors (bio-MEMs), medical informatics, or biomechanics but I haven't had enough exposure to decide which to pursue) Will I be at a big disadvantage in application if i don't state my interest specifically? Or is it okay to have a general area? 2) And since I'm not entirely sure of the research area, would it be better to go for MS instead before deciding to go on with PhD? 3) I do have 2 years of experience in working at a medical device company as a researcher, but these are more closely related to areas I am not really interested in anymore... the company I worked at produces biosensors, but I was not part of that division and was not exposed to such technologies. Should I join engineering labs for some experiences? (I am not working anymore and have plenty of time for some experiences now... not sure getting them now is gonna help though) 4) If I choose to apply for PhD but did not get accepted, am I automatically considered for MS admissions? Or does it not work that way? 5) I don't see a big difference between bioengineering and biomedical engineering. Is there a difference in how these majors are perceived in the industry? Or does it not matter? Many of you might be wondering why i want to pursue bioengineering even when I don't really have specific research area that I am interested in. After being in an industry for a couple years, I figured that there are not many opportunities for a B.S. in biology to do. I've always thought that bioengineering was cool and I see a lot of potential in the field as I glimpsed a little bit of the industry through working in the company. And here I am! Any advices, comments, concerns, anything will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  22. I'm a Thai national who is planning on applying to top PhD programs in Bioengineering to universities like: 1. UCSD 2. MIT BE 3. JHU 4. Stanford 5. Columbia (MS leading to PhD track) My profile is as follows: 1. Undergraduate Institution: Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) 2. TOEFL Score: 118/120 3. GRE Score: Q164, V160, AWA (not out yet) 4. cGPA: 3.85/4.00 5. FUNDING: ***FULLY FUNDED FROM THE THAI GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE MY PHD STUDIES*** 6. Research Experience: 1. Summer internship as a research assistant at Korea Institute of Science and Technology 2. Conducted undergraduate research project in developing metallic titanium implants from additive manufacturing 3. Undergraduate research project on the development of hollow microneedles for intravitreal drug delivery 7. Publications: NO Publications What are my chances of getting accepted given that I have already received an external source of funding and am applying for the Fall 2018 semester? Thanks!
  23. Hi All, Lets start the profiles for Fall 2017 Bioengineering/Biomedical engineering programs: Here's a template borrowed from previous years: _________________________________________ Undergrad Institution: Major(s): Minor(s): GPA in Major: x.xx/4.00 Overall GPA: x.xx/4.00 Demographics/Background: GRE Scores: Q: xxx (xx%) V: xxx (xx%) W: x.x (xx%) LOR: Research Experience: Publications/Abstracts/Presentations: Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Fellowships/Funding: Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Other Miscellaneous Accomplishments: Research Interests: Institutions/Programs: Comments:
  24. Choosing between a Bio PhD program at Northeastern and a BME PhD program at RPI. Both fully funded with professors of interest, but I'm torn between what might be a more reputable school (RPI) further out of the way and further out of my comfort zone (coming from Boston College) and a school with more connections (NEU) but a less reputable program. I hope to specialize in regenerative medicine and eventually go into industry working in R & D or a biotech startup. My gut tells me NEU, but I also realize I'm heavily biased toward the familiarity of Boston. Freaking out a bit sonce decision time is only days away! Any thoughts?
  25. Hey, I have struggled on this for around one month - which Ph.D. program I should attend. I am admitted to both EE at Columbia and BME at Yale. Both of the program focusing on the neural signal processing. The Columbia one is more "circuit heavy" which focusing on the circuit design for neural stimulation and acquisition. The Yale one is more traditional - brain mapping and neuroimaging, which would more focus on signal processing and actual understanding of the neural pathway. Both projects have parts that I love and parts I don't love - most likely half and half: I love the idea of neural stimulation and acquisition through circuit but I would like to spend my Ph.D. in understanding the neural pathway behind it. I know Yale's engineering program is not that good but I do not know what is the situation actually (how bad/good) looks like compared to Columbia. I would appreciate any advice/suggestion/comment. Any of those would be really helpful for me :-)
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