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Summer CU DeFINE Program in Bioengineering

2015 Summer CU DeFINE Program in Bioengineering

Program Overview

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer CU DeFINE (Design Fundamentals In Needs-finding Experience) Program in Bioengineering.  This NIH- and NCIIA-funded program will give bioengineering students the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive 6-week clinical and technology transfer immersion experience in collaboration with the Greenville Health System (GHS) and the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF).

Up to 13 well-qualified rising juniors and seniors, and two-four graduate-student mentors will be selected and paired with established clinical collaborators to conduct comprehensive clinical needs-finding rotations. Student teams will identify areas of unmet medical device and system needs and map clinical care processes. They will use novel needs-finding tools and techniques, conduct clinical and customer interviews, and interact with medical professionals to define, document and disseminate information about unmet clinical needs to their peers and colleagues.

These clinical experiences will be complimented by an internship in technology management with CURF (Clemson University Research Foundation- the university’s office of technology transfer). Students will be exposed to intellectual property assessment decisions and portfolio management, marketing, and licensing and commercialization while actively supporting the intellectual property administration and technology commercialization activities at CURF.  Students will be challenged to assess needs discovered in their clinical immersion experiences and existing bioengineering technologies within CURF’s IP portfolio.

Program Details
June 20- July 29, 2016

All accepted DeFINE students will be required to participate full-time in the program (37.5 hrs/week) and will receive a $1,500 stipend for their internship experience. Undergraduate students can also be eligible for three Bioengineering technical elective credits with paid tuition (Bioe4500, lecture-based).

Students must be able to travel to Greenville daily either via personal car or university shuttle. This program will be based at CUBEInC and Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, but will also include off-site shadowing experiences across the greater Greenville-Spartanburg area.

The program application can be downloaded GoogleDoc Application or requested by email from Dr. John DesJardins. (

Completed applications must be signed, scanned and emailed to Dr. John DesJardins. The application deadline is Friday, December 19th, 11:59 pm. Those selected will be notified by January 9, 2015. Confirmation of acceptance is required by January 19, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Safety training and hospital paperwork will be completed prior to the start of the program. Bioengineering majors are preferred, but well-qualified students from other majors with an interest in medical device design and technology transfer are encouraged to apply.