Department Events

Colloquia & Seminar Series

Bioengineering Colloquia

Spring 2021, Tuesdays from 4:30-5:15 p.m. CT
The Department of Bioengineering Colloquia speaker series brings experts from around the country to Rice to present the latest findings and research in the field.


Medical Innovation Industry Seminar

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021, Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. CT
This seminar series is part of the Global Medical Innovation (GMI) MBE concentration and invites experts from around the country to discuss perspectives in medical technology invention and implementation.

Special Events

These special events are designed to nurture inter-organizational connections between academia, industry and government, as well as provide networking opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and students.

Innovation Symposium

Hosted annually by the Department of Bioengineering and Bioengineering Graduate Student Association (BIOE GSA), this symposium features research project presentations, keynote talks from industry and esteemed alumni, "bioinspired" talks by students, a poster competition and an awards reception.

Learn more about our Innovation Symposium >

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Reception

This social event is hosted annually by the Department of Bioengineering at the BMES Annual Meeting in October. Prospective and current Rice bioengineering students, faculty and alumni are invited to attend an evening featuring the presentation of the department's annual Alumni Awards over light bites and beverages. Department research and faculty award highlights are also presented.

About our Alumni Awards >

2020 Frontiers in Bioengineering Webinar Series

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded across the globe, unprecedented times caused the cancellation of in-person seminar series, conferences and workshops that our students would participate in and engage with to enhance their educational goals. Rice Bioengineering organized this webinar series to help our trainees stay up-to-date with frontiers of bioengineering research and to continue facilitating communication between our students and colleagues. Over 1,100 academics, professionals and students at all levels in the field and related fields attended this weekly series of live 90-minute webinar. These talks were not recorded.

Browse the full schedule of Spring 2020 topics >

Faculty-Organized Events

Several short course venues and research symposia are organized by bioengineering faculty members that are also affiliated with research centers and institutes at Rice, the Texas Medical Center, and across the U.S.

Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course

The annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, hosted by Rice bioengineer Antonios Mikos and his Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, highlights advances in the science and technology of tissue engineering with leading scientists from Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, industry, and other institutions. The course, including a hands-on bioprinting workshop, will survey the latest knowledge and technologies in the world of patient-specific therapeutics, from cellular treatments to 3D printing and biofabrication of complex tissues.

Visit the Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course website for more information and registration.

Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition

The Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition is hosted by Rice 360°Institute for Global Health, founded by Rice bioengineers Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden. In addition to keynote lectures, around 20 undergraduate student teams from national and international universities present the low-cost global health technologies they collaboratively developed. Judges from industry, academia, and medicine evaluate the designs on the quality of the problem definition, the effectiveness and potential impact of the design solution, and the likelihood that the solution can be successful.

Visit the Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition website for more information.

SPIE Translational Biophotonics

SPIE Translational Biophotonics explores the status and future of optical imaging for biomedical research and clinical applications. Organized by SPIE and Rice bioengineer Tomasz Tkaczyk, this meeting fosters discussion and encourages continuing development of new technologies and techniques with the goal of successful translation into practical biomedical use.

Q-bio Conference

The Q-bio conference presents the latest research in quantitative biology. Topics include predictive modeling of cellular regulation, decision making, formation of response, and other information processing phenomena. The emphasis covers deep theoretical understanding, detailed modeling, and quantitative experimentation directed at understanding the behavior of particular regulatory systems and/or elucidating general principles of cellular information processing. The conference is organized by Rice bioengineer Oleg Igoshin.