Your advisory committee plays a key role in guiding you through your graduate degree in biomedical engineering. In addition to helping you choose classes, your doctoral committee will meet with your periodically to discuss your research plans and progress.
Entering graduate students will be advised by the Biomedical Engineering Curriculum Committee until a formal student committee has been established. First-year students will meet with the Curriculum Committee to determine initial coursework. Courses may be added to address gaps in your undergraduate preparation or waived for students who have completed some graduate training.
Sometime during your first year as a Ph.D. student, you should establish your advisory committee. Your advisory committee must be in place before you submit your grant-writing exercise. Each committee should have at least five members on it: at least three from within the biomedical engineering faculty and at least one from outside the program. We encourage students to select at least one committee member from outside of the University of Nevada, Reno who is a national expert in their field.
Within biomedical engineering, each student will select a primary mentor, who is primarily responsible for directing your progress. A secondary mentor must also be selected with a background specialty that complements that of your primary mentor. For example, if your primary mentor has a background in Engineering and Physical Sciences, your secondary mentor should have a background in Life and Medical Sciences or vice versa.
In addition, we recommend that at least one member of each committee have a formal background in biomedical engineering. The Biomedical Engineering Program Director may waive this requirement if the proposed committee members adequately represent the broad field of biomedical engineering. The director must approve all student advisory committees.