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BioPh.D. Handbook | Program Structure

Bioengineering Ph.D.
For the 2019 - 2020 Academic Year
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The Bioengineering program is administered by the college of engineering and is housed across the various departments. The program is strictly a Ph.D program, and the Graduate School does not grant an M.S. degree in Bioengineering.


All policy-making and administrative authority in the Bioengineering degree program resides with the Faculty program committee and the program director. Any policy question or administrative matter should be referred in writing to the program committee via Ms. Gail Small, 365 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. Matters that cannot be resolved satisfactorily can be appealed to the Graduate School, via the Dean of the Graduate School. The program director is Professor Glen L. Niebur, 147 Multidisciplinary Engineering ().

Home Department

Each student in the program is assigned to a home department. The home department is the department where the student’s faculty advisor has their primary appointment. The home department in conjunction with the advisor will provide office and laboratory facilities for the student. The student is required to fulfill any teaching assistant, service, and professional development requirements as other Ph.D. students in the home department.

While the home department administrative personnel may provide certain support for students, such as ordering supplies or arranging office space, all academic records are maintained in the Bioengineering Program office (153 Multidisciplinary Engineering), and the student should ensure that all examination records and scheduling are reported to the program rather than your home department.

Financial Support

Most full-time students receive a stipend. Funds for these stipends typically come from the externally funded grants and contracts of the student's advisor. The bioengineering program has minimal resources to provide stipend or benefit support to students. Such resources will be allocated at the discretion of the program committee. Students should communicate with their advisors to determine their status for ongoing financial support.