UPDATED (March 11, 2020): Although there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campus at this time, in light of public health recommendations to limit gatherings, the Grodins Organizing Committee has decided to cancel the 24th Grodins Biomedical Engineering Research Symposium. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance. 

Official Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) messages and status updates from the University of Southern California: https://sites.usc.edu/coronavirus/

BME PhD Students: You are no longer required to submit abstracts and posters (please disregard all pertaining requirements and deadlines for the 24th Grodins Biomedical Engineering Research Symposium).
No further action is required from students at this time.


Students are no longer required to submit abstracts and posters for the 24th Grodins Biomedical Engineering Research Symposium.



See instructions below:

Email title & file name must be: Last Name_First Name_Category.
Example: Cho_Nathan_Cell and Tissue Engineering
PDF files ONLY.
Use this mandatory format
Categories are:
  • Signals and Systems
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Devices and Diagnostics Technology
  • Imaging
  • Neuroengineering


Please refer to the following pages for templates and guidelines/hints related to formatting your research paper, poster, or giving an oral presentation.

Please keep in mind that anything you present at the Symposium constitutes a public disclosure. This means you should consider removing all confidential information from the presentation if you are interested in patent protection and have not yet filed a patent application. For more information, please read "Have an Idea?' on the USC Stevens Center for Innovation website.


An exemption may be granted to students with conflicting obligations (e.g. attending another BME conference, religious observance, etc.). A paper will still be required from those who cannot attend.


The Wallace H. Coulter Award will be presented in recognition of significant contributions to a Biomedical Engineering solution to solve an unmet or underserved Clinical. This year marks the third year in which the award is offered at our annual Grodins Research Symposium.


The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. Project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation are invited for assessment, although the program does not fund discovery research (the creation of new knowledge). The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Departmentin the Viterbi School of Engineering and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine.


The presenters who are eligible for the Wallace H. Coulter Ward are entrants who affirmatively answer the following questions during the applica

What is the potential tangible societal impact of your research?(How could your work change the world?)

Please describe your individual contribution to this project(what problem did you solve) and how that contribution advanced the state of the art of this technology?

Is your research highly interdisciplinary?(Does this research span multipledisciplines -engineering, biology, computer science, pharmacology, etc.)

Does your research have a high likelihood of translating into a practical application? (Such research is usually a good candidatefor patents/licenses.)

The judging panel will consider the following criteria in awarding the Most Innovative prize:

Potential for tangible societal impact--How could this work positively impact society?

High novelty--Has anyone done this before?

High quality of research--Does the student offer research that could be presented to investors or highlevel researchers today?

High risk-reward for innovative ideas--Did the students take a risk in demonstrating their research?

Enthusiasm and commitment of students--Are the students eager to introduce their work to the USC community and make the commitment to further advance their discoveries?

Diversity across disciplines and approaches--Does the research collaborate with other disciplines at USC?

Impact and future potential impact--How will this change the world we live in?

Sustainability--Will this research hold up to or withstand societal changes?

Understanding of market--Does the student understand what the market they are trying to infiltrate needs?


The Fred S. Grodins Graduate Student Research Symposium is a public forum.  Therefore, any discussion youhave or any information you display will be considered a public disclosure. You should consider pulling all confidential information out of the presentation if you are interested in patent protection and have not yet filed a patent application.If you want to protect patent rights while still publishing information about your invention, it is best to focus on a results-oriented description and not a description of how those results are obtained. It is important to not describe how to make or reproduce the invention.While we are encouraging full and creative presentations, please understand that the public disclosure of yourinvention or the public display of a product or prototype that embodies your invention may prevent you from patenting the disclosed embodiments of your invention at any time in a foreign country or beyond one year from public disclosure or display in the United States.We will not ask you to disclose any information about your projects that you are not comfortable with disclosing. There will be a program published for the event, for which the information from your abstract was used. Any information that is submitted in your application is kept confidential. If you have any questions about this, let us know.

Published on November 1st, 2017

Last updated on March 12th, 2020