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Student Activities at EMBC 2012

1. Lunch with Leaders

Session Chair: Iris Yan
Lunch with Leaders I, Schedule:  Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 12 – 1:30 pm
Lunch with Leaders II, Schedule:  Thursday, 30 August 2012, 12 – 1:30 pm
Lunch with Leaders III, Schedule:  Friday, 31 August 2012, 12 – 1:30 pm
Hungry for a chat?  All EMBS students are invited to register to one (of three) free lunches at the EMBC’12.  Approximately ten students are seated per table where leaders of the biomedical engineering community are waiting to engage in informal conversation over a delicious and complimentary lunch.  This is a rare and invaluable opportunity for you, as a student, to talk to a world leader, get some advice and network in your field.  Registration in advance is required, as spaces are limited.  Students may only attend one out of the three Lunch with Leaders.  The list of Leaders in attendance is subject to change due to scheduling conflicts with the Conference.

2.  WIE Luncheon and Minisymposium
“Women in Biomedical Engineering and Health Informatics: A Lifetime Journey Integrating Diversity”

Session Chair: Carolyn McGregor
Speakers: Semahat Demir (NSF), Grace Peng (NIH), Lucella Maciato (UCSD).
Schedule: Friday, 31 August 2012, 12 – 2 pm
The career choice of biomedical engineering and/or health informatics does not exist within a vacuum but rather must work in harmony with other aspects of our lives. Just as our careers are not static our lives outside of our careers are also not static. We have the potential to become partners, mothers, fathers, carers for our parents, grandparents for example and all of these roles mean that our work/life dynamic is constantly changing. A valuable session for anyone whether student or not, interested in learning more about Biomedical Engineering and Health Informatics as a career choice for women and men over a lifetime. Prominent women within the domains Biomedical Engineering and Health Informatics will present their real life case studies of living the journey through changing times in both career and family. Utilise the fantastic networking opportunity that will conclude this session to build and establish new professional networks with other women and men interested in your fields of expertise. Bring your contact details and be ready to make new contacts that are relevant for you

Did you know that joining IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) is free for Students, Graduate Student Members and Life Members?  (Dues are otherwise US$25 annually).

Registration in advance is required for the luncheon, as spaces are limited.  Both men and women are encouraged to attend, and this event is open to non-students.  Lastly, attendance at the symposium would be appreciated prior to partaking in the registered lunch.

3.a Session: Technical Writing and Manuscript Preparation
Session Chair: Matthias Reumann
Schedule: Thursday, 30 August 2012, 2 – 3 pm
From start to finish, the entire writing process of an academic publication will be covered in this session.  The talks will first provide an overview of the structure of a scientific article, and will outline methods for improving your writing skills.  A review of the editorial process will follow, whereby the salient “do’s” and “don’ts” will be discussed.  The overall aim of this session is to help you improve your technical writing, explain the science/engineering you are working on, and inevitably, get your work published.

3.b Session: Meet the Editors
Session Chair: Matthias Reumann
Schedule:  Thursday, 30 August 2012, 3 – 4 pm

NOTE: This session is open for everyone at the conference.

The “Meet the Editors” session will follow the “Technical Writing and Manuscript Preparation session” where each EiC will shortly present their journal and what they are looking for an a manuscript submission. This will be followed by interactive Q&A where participants have an opportunity to learn about the IEEE EMBS Journal and Magazine publications.

4.  Session: Career Advice: Short-Term, Long-Term and Everything In-Between
Session Co-Chairs: Lisa Lazareck & Matthias Reumann
Schedule: Friday, 31 August 2012, 6 – 7:30 pm
Are you wondering what to do next in your career?  We have assembled a panel of diverse and prestigious speakers to provide their insight on the job market today – with representation from academia, the private sector, government and regulators/funders.  The discussion will be moderated and the session will focus on pragmatic advice for today, intermingled with future trends and tips for the future.

5. Session: Student Chapter/Club Development – Meet and become leaders!
Session Co-Chairs: Mike McShane & Iris Yan
Schedule: Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 6 – 7:30 pm

The goal here is to share examples of how Student Chapters and Clubs have been developed in different places around the world, and to provide immediate answers to novice questions from people who have actually done the work very recently.  Experienced Chapter Leaders will act as panellists for a Q&A session, including last year’s Best Chapter/Club Award Winners, recent Winners, and a Student Chapter Faculty Adviser.  All levels of interest are welcome for avid volunteers; i.e., you don’t have to want to change the world – just a small piece of it!

6.  Workshop: PowerPoint/Poster Clinic: Effective Presentation Design and Delivery
Session Co-Chairs: Matthias Reumann & Christopher James
Schedule: Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 8 – 10 am
Are you nervous about your upcoming PowerPoint/Poster presentation, but have time for some last minute words of wisdom?  For many of us, oral communication is the key for sharing ideas and research; however, both PowerPoint and Poster presentations offer visual tools which can make our talks infinitely more accessible, uncomplicated and effective.  You will also receive some all-round pointers on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of preparing and delivering an effective and even captivating presentation.  Spaces are limited.

7.  GOLD & Student Networking Reception
Session Co-Chairs: Matthias Reuman & Iris Yan
Schedule:  Friday, 31 August 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
IEEE and EMBS want our young engineers to meet each other!  Therefore, for the seventh year, we are hosting the IEEE EMBS-GOLD & Student Networking Reception. GOLD, or Graduates Of the Last Decade, is an IEEE entity whose programs work at providing benefits for young IEEE members after their 'Student Member' status has expired.  If you are an IEEE Member who graduated with your first professional degree within the last ten years, including all graduate student members, you are automatically part of IEEE GOLD. Around the world, there are over 47,000 GOLD members and 100 GOLD Affinity Groups.  The continuing goal of GOLD is to find out what students need from their Society at this particular stage of their careers and how their Society can in turn offer additional value of membership.  If you are indeed GOLD, you are cordially invited to network with your peers, some of whom are working in industry, at the Reception's informal and brilliantly fun environment.  Registration in advance is required, as spaces are limited.  There is a small fee for attendance, but food and drink are provided.

8.  Student Paper Competition
Session Organizer(s)/Co-chair(s): Lei Ding
Student Paper Competition I:  Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 8 – 9:30 am
Student Paper Competition II:  Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 1:30 – 3 pm
Student Paper Competition III:  Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 4:30 – 6 pm
Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition. All submissions are peer-reviewed and finalists selected based on the merits of submissions and corresponding nominations. Finalists must attend the Conference and present their papers at a special session for the Student Paper Competition (oral platform) and at a poster presentation (all are welcome to watch!).  Each Finalist will receive free conference registration and partial travel support. First, second and third place winners will be selected and these winners will receive monetary awards.

9. Undergraduate Research/Design Poster session
Session Organizers:  Christopher Druzgalski & Matthias Reumann
Schedule:  Friday, 31 August 2012, 3:00 - 4:30pm

 This is the first of an ongoing series of forums within the annual Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in which undergraduate bioengineering research and/or design work can be presented within a friendly and supportive environment.  If you are an undergraduate student, this session provides you with the unique opportunity to showcase a research or design project you have worked on to leaders in the BME field, and to network with graduate students and potential faculty mentors. First (corresponding) authors must be registered in an undergraduate program in bioengineering or other engineering field in the academic year immediately prior to, or during, EMBC’12