Student Groups


The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to using engineering principles and technology to advance human health and well being. Our core tenants are to communicate recent scientific advances, promote professional development, and integrate biomedical engineers working in diverse fields. All of this is available to you in our local chapter at VCU. Our members are on the cutting edge of academic, medical, governmental, and industrial research. Working with our national offices and VCU's School of Engineering, we proudly boast extensive professional development events in the form of networking opportunities, student conferences, and leadership experiences. Professors from within the department are frequently invited as guest speakers to talk about up and coming research as well. There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people, make new friends, and share knowledge.

Through numerous and diverse events, BMES members can expect to have a better understanding of the field, get to know fellow classmates, and more importantly, have access to resources that are integral to starting a career. From guidance towards attaining a research position to inviting company representatives to speak on resume content, BMES is in a position to do a lot of exciting things this year. A job and internship board specific to biomedical engineering in industry will be available, a student led research fair has been discussed, and an intramural volleyball team is underway!


Engineering World Health (EWH) is a brand new organization at VCU established to improve health care issues in developing countries. EWH provides the opportunity for students and members to partake in projects designed to tackle alarming medical issues while perfecting individual skill sets. Students and members can gain knowledge and experience with industrial design, social entrepreneurship, business planning, global ethics, etc. In order to accomplish these particular goals, EWH consist of several parts dealing with an engineering design competitions and trips abroad.

EWH allows students to experience comprehensively the way that healthcare is impacted in developing countries, from the "nuts and bolts" of device engineering to the physiological aspects of diseases and treatments and their social repercussions.

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885. Tau Beta Pi's members exhibit honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering. There are now collegiate chapters at 242 US colleges and universities, 39 active alumni chapters in 16 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of approximately 554,000.

Virginia Commonwealth University Tau Beta Pi, the Virginia Epsilon Chapter, is considered one of the newer chapters. We were founded on March 1, 2003. The chapter has continued to grow each year in numbers and in presence on campus. We continue to prosper with new members and leaders who each contribute to our chapter by bringing something different to the table. Students in our organization are either top eighth percent of the junior engineering class or top fifth of the senior engineering class.

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TauBetaPi@National level : tbp.prg