A resource created by students, for students
This website was created to provide bioengineering students at the University of Illinois with a centralized platform for all their questions and concerns about bioengineering. In this space, you will find tips and tricks for getting started as a freshman, student perspectives on all bioengineering courses offered, lists of job placements for past alumni and their perspectives on their current work, research testimonials from current students at labs you may be interested in, internship testimonials from bioengineering students at companies you may want to work for, pre-medicine advice for the bioengineering student, and so much more. We hope that you find these resources to be helpful and informative. Below are links to pages for these resources and forms you can submit to keep this page, and our department, at their best. For any questions or concerns about information in this page, please fill out the BIOEhub Feedback Form or contact Vincent Lam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Freshman Year Survival Guide
Welcome to your first year of college! We understand how you may feel intimidated by the transition to your new environment, but fear no more! Many upperclassmen have walked the very same path that you are just starting, and there are so many opportunities ahead of you. This is a guide to everything a BIOE freshman needs to know, including study tips for academic success, recommended RSOs, mentorship and networking programs, mental health resources, and more. We also have advice from upperclassmen to answer common myths and misconceptions.
Premed Survival Guide
Way to go, premed! Medicine is an amazing career path. Access the Premed Survival Guide to find tips and tricks about coursework, volunteering, and much more from Bioengineering students (but please also schedule a Health Professions advising appointment through the Career Center for professional recommendations!). If you still have questions after reading this guide, don’t hesitate anytime to reach out to an upperclassman BMES member!
Graduate School Preparation Guide
Is graduate school in your future? Do you need information about the GRE, PhD programs, or the Illinois MS program? Check out this guide to help you decide!
Student Research Experiences
Are you interested in becoming a research assistant, but don’t know where to start? Then this is the guide for you. We’ve reached out to various principal investigators affiliated with Bioengineering so that you can know what qualities PIs are looking for in candidates. In addition, you’ll find tips for applying to research labs as well as testimonials from current undergraduate research assistants, which provides a glimpse into the work that is performed by each lab.
Student Internship Experiences
Internships build valuable experience to add to your resume. What internships are available for BIOE’s? How have students landed internships in the past? This page contains testimonials from current students and alumni who describe their experiences surrounding internships–including how they got them, what the experience was like, and advice they have for current BIOE’s who want to be successful in their internship endeavors. If a specific testimonial catches your eye, feel free to reach out via LinkedIn or email to connect and ask more questions!
Alumni Job Testimonials
At some point, we move on from UIUC! We have collected testimonials from alumni from various positions and companies so you can get a feel for what life looks like for BIOE’s who are working in industry. If a specific testimonial piques your interest, feel free to reach out via LinkedIn to connect with them and ask more questions!
How I Chose My Track
Choosing a track can be daunting. Many BIOE’s find it hard to narrow their interests down to one specific area, or feel like they have not had enough exposure to different fields to know what to choose. This section contains stories from current students and alumni detailing how they decided on their track. If a specific testimonial stands out to you, feel free to reach out via LinkedIn or email to connect and ask more questions!
Advice for Engineering Undeclared
Are you interested in choosing Bioengineering as your major? See this page for students’ experiences transferring from Engineering Undeclared to Bioengineering.
BMES Workshop Resources
BMES Workshops help students build valuable skills in data representation in MATLAB, electronics skills with Arduino, and more. Find resources from past workshops and recorded workshops on this page to start building your skills today!
International Student Guide
Help Make Us Better!
BIOEhub Feedback Form
While we make every effort to ensure that the information we are sharing is accurate, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or correction of errors. Please use this form to share any feedback you have on the BIOEhub website. If you have advice you would like to see featured on the website, you can include this in the form as well!
Bioengineering Undergraduate Advisory Board Student Feedback Form
The Bioengineering Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB) is a student body that is made up of representatives from every cohort who meet once per month to share student perspectives on administrative matters with the department. The UAB is interested to hear what you have to say about your classes and experiences! Submit your feedback here to help improve the Bioengineering department.
This website represents the views and opinions of the BIOEhub team and guest writers and do not represent that of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the website. The content here should not be taken as academic or professional advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is unique, please consult your advisor for any academic or professional questions.
Privacy is of utmost importance to us. All testimonial sources in the website have been anonymized to protect confidentiality, unless given consent by the person otherwise.