|Imaging Science and Informatics Portfolio Program and Fellowship|
The overarching theme of this program is to train "comprehensive imaging scientists" in the skills necessary to identify clinically relevant problems, including developing instrumentation, sensors, and contrast agents to form images appropriate for the problem; and analyzing the resulting imaging data using signal processing, mathematical modeling, visualizations, and informatics techniques to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases.
The basic requirement to complete this portfolio program is 12 hours of coursework in imaging science at The University of Texas at Austin that provides the requisite core knowledge for an imaging scientist. Additionally, optional coursework, seminars, and externship opportunities are available to students. More information on portfolio programs from Graduate School.
Required Courses for Portfolio Completion (12 credit hours)
1. BME 381J.3 Biomedical Imaging Modalities
2. Elective in Imaging Instrumentation or Contrast Mechanism. Examples include:
3. Elective in Image Processing. Examples include:
4. Elective in Modeling and Visualization. Examples include:
5. Elective in Data Mining and Informatics. Examples include:
Further Required Courses for Fellowship Recipients
These courses are recommended for students completing the portfolio, and required for fellowship recipients:
Some, but not necessarily all, of these courses may count toward your degree requirements as well. It is each student's responsibility to talk to the Graduate Coordinator, Brittain Sobey, and the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Andrew Dunn, to determine whether a given portfolio course also fulfills degree requirements.
There are several professional development choices that are recommended for the portfolio, and required for fellowship recipients.
How to Apply
To be eligible for the Portfolio Program, applicants must be a master's or doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Applicants from other programs will require special review by the portfolio program directors.
To apply to the Portfolio Program, indicate your interest on the department application when applying for admission to the Department of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Electrical & Computer Engineering students should indicate their interest by e-mailing the Program Coordinator.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), an Institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant includes competitive fellowships to support selected UT biomedical engineering graduate students accepted into the Portfolio Program for five years, from 2009 to 2014. The prestigious one-year fellowship includes a stipend, summer travel stipend, and tuition. Ph.D. program applicants who express interest in the Portfolio Program on the department application will automatically be considered for a fellowship.