PhD in Bioengineering
The Clemson/MUSC Joint Bioengineering Program – whereby Clemson bioengineering faculty and students conduct their research, training and other scholarly activities on the MUSC campus – was initiated in 2003. The partnership continues to mature and flourish with 5 Clemson Bioengineering faculty, two of whom are T-COHR mentors (Drs. Wen and Yao), 19 graduate students, and 9 postdoctoral fellows on site in Charleston. Three bioengineering students are training in the laboratories of MUSC faculty, including two T COHR mentors (Argraves and Visconti). Clemson bioengineering students take coursework from Clemson faculty on the MUSC campus, as well as via videoconferencing from Clemson University. The program is a credit to both universities as a model for collaborative efforts aimed at bridging disciplines and institutions. Clemson’s bioengineering graduate program defines its own degree requirements, which include a defined set of core courses, rules guiding the selection of a dissertation advisory committee, a defined written qualifying exam taken at the end of the 2nd year of graduate study, submission and defense of a plan of research, which constitutes the oral qualifying exam, and submission and defense of a dissertation describing an original piece of research. Students who desire training in clinical dentistry can enroll in dental school courses, including Dental Morphology, Occlusion and Dental Materials.