University of Minnesota

Biomedical Engineering Student Profile

Name: Samantha Linn

Anticipated Graduation Year: 2019

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

How and why did you choose your major?

I knew I strongly enjoyed math and science classes, so engineering seemed right. That said, I chose biomedical engineering because it is the CSE major that most thoroughly explores all of math, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

Biomedical engineering is an intensive mix of math, physics, chemistry, and biology. As a sophomore undergraduate, I've taken a full year of introductory math, physics, and chemistry. I'm currently taking a cellular and molecular biology course designed for engineers, and I'm thoroughly enjoying my BME programming class. The greatest challenge I've faced thus far is not knowing whether BME was for me based on the introductory seminars (1601 & 1602), but I've come to appreciate the broadness of BME's emphasis areas, which does not limit me to only medical device design.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

Through BME 1601, I independently shadowed a cardiologist. Additionally, I've shadowed two other pediatric physicians and begun volunteering at M Health. As a pre-medicine undergraduate, my academic experiences outside the classroom are primarily focused on medicine.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

There is a vast array of emphasis areas (from medical device design to neural engineering and everything in between)! If the introductory seminars don't resonate with you strongly, that does not necessarily mean that the major is not for you.

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