Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering

IBIOE Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 2

IBIOE HOSTS Call Me Doctor® Summer Workshops
IBIOE Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 2, September 2011

cmd workshopIBIOE sponsored four Call Me Doctor® (CMD®) workshops, in conjunction with the Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) Office. Workshops were held on Mondays July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1 in Clemson University’s Riggs Hall. The goal of the IBIOE Call Me Doctor® conference workshops was to provide an introduction to research and the research process, graduate student career path possibilities, and the role of research in a university setting to incoming Clemson University minority students majoring in computer science, engineering, the life sciences, the physical sciences or mathematics.

The workshops encouraged minority undergraduates to not feel rushed and hurried into choosing their field of study. Presenters let these students know that there are many avenues of research, i.e., electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical, and so forth. Presenters encouraged undergraduate minority students to ask questions, get involved, and not only pursue undergraduate degrees in these fields, but also go on to further their studies in graduate level work.

Dr. Tim Burg, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Clemson University, informed incoming freshmen that twenty years ago, undergraduate students interested in research had to find creative avenues to get into a research setting on their own. “There were little opportunities for undergrads to do research in a university setting,” he said. “Now, opportunities for hands-on research projects are more available for undergraduate students who want to pursue science and engineering research projects.”

Clemson University’s Call Me Doctor® program provides supports to high-achieving, underrepresented students at the graduate school level. Students who combine an interest in doctoral research in biomedicine with a passion for community service and/or K-12 education are ideal candidates. If interested in learning more about CMD® and how to apply, please send direct correspondence to Dr. Karen Burg at kburg@clemson.edu.