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Biomedical Engineering and Data Science

Industry-relevant Training and Research Experiences for Biomedical Engineering and Data Science Students

OSU (Drs. Adam Higgins, Jim Sweeney, Joe McGuire, Brett Tyler, and Jeff Chang), in partner with colleagues at OHSU and Oregon Bioscience Association received a grant from the Oregon Talent Council to provide internship opportunities at OHSU and collaborating Oregon Bioscience companies. This grant applies to only students at Oregon State University.

  1. Goals are to train and increase the bioscience workforce in Oregon, with an emphasis on biomedical engineering and data science.
  2. Provide paid experiential learning opportunities in relevant organizations.
  3. 10-week summer internship at OHSU or Oregon Bioscience company.
  4. Students receive a stipend of $6,000.
  5. Students will take a light number of relevant industry training courses, offered by Oregon BioScience Association’s BioPro (students will receive credit to apply to the courses).
  6. Students will attend and present a poster on their internship at career day (Oct 20-21 at Reed College); $300 credit provided.
  7. Students will attend an orientation meeting in early June and participate in progress and summary meetings.


Due to the high number of applications, we regrettably are not able to contact applicants and provide feedback. Please visit this site for updates on where we are in the process.

Candidates will be identified based on strength of fit with goals of the grant (research, biomedical engineering and data science), potential for success in the Oregon Bioscience workforce, quality of the application, years at OSU (preference for third year students), and needs of OHSU and Bioscience companies. We expect to fund approximately 5 positions with some for students applying to colleagues in the Bioengineering department.



5/5/16: 119 applications received and archived. A short list, representing ~15% of the applications has been identified. An additional 19 applications were received by Bioengineering. Thus, there were a total of 138 applications.

Of the 119, students represented 17 majors (10 Life science programs, 4 Engineering programs, Math, Chemistry, & Physics). Of the reported GPAs, the average was 3.6. There were 24, 27, 43, 15, and 10 students in their first, second, third, fourth, fifth (or not stated), respectively, year.

5/9/16: After meeting with other PIs on the grant and discussing with OHSU and companies, we decided to trim the list to ~8% of the applications. We focused on the same criteria as previously stated.

5/10/16: If you did not receive an e-mail from me (sent at 11 am today), I regret to inform you that your application was not recommended for the internship. As stated in yesterday's post, we trimmed the list further. The applications that were recommended included students from Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, BRR, Biology, and Math. We still have one more step to match mentors with interns and unfortunately, not all recommended candidates will be matched.

For students that are in their first or second year, and were not recommended, please consider applying for the next round of internships. For the 2016-2017 year, we plan on supporting 20 positions and hope to solicit applications in Fall, 2016. Please visit this site early and often next academic year!

Thank you all for applying, we were excited to see such a high level of interest and look forward to seeing your applications again next year. - Jeff Chang



Decisions regarding the majority of the remaining applications have been made. I have been informed that OHSU has sent e-mails to inform those students that were selected for internships. The bioscience companies, which has fewer opportunities, have not yet made their decisions known to me. Congratulation if you received a letter from OHSU and we look forward to working with you this summer. If you have not heard yet, please be aware that there are now fewer slots available.


I have not heard from the companies regarding decisions. However, last I learned, they had identified candidates and had contacted students for interviews. I understand the inconvenience of not having a firm decision and apologize. However, companies do not operate on an academic schedule and have to follow a different process. Needless to say and as previously stated, OHSU and companies should have made their intentions known to the applicants. I regret that if you haven't heard yet, the prospects are not encouraging.