This conference has been postponed and will be held virtually on June 12, 2021.


The 2021 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Virtual International Student Conference (ISC) is a unique opportunity for students around the world to present innovative research, and to build community over hardships common to the student experience.

The unifying theme of this conference is “Diversity of People & Perspectives.” Hence, this conference emphasizes the expansive diverse backgrounds present in academic communities and highlights this diversity to draw us all closer together.

Diversity of Perspectives

With this theme, we seek to highlight multi-disciplinary collaboration in science towards broader impact.

Diversity of People

With this theme, we seek to highlight diverse student experiences, emphasizing Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).

The conference will span 1 day of programming. It will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, small group discussions, and lightning student presentations of relevant research.


Maryam Shanechi, PhD
Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering,
University of Southern California
Todd Coleman, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering, UCSD
(At Stanford starting in July 2021)


The conference will be virtual and is intended for anyone who can be classified as a student in some capacity – high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, etc. – in fields relevant to Engineering in Medicine and Biology. Each applicant should have a pointed interest in one or more of the following:

  • scientific communication
  • interdisciplinary perspectives on research problems
  • mental health and wellness
  • good mentoring and advising
  • justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)
  • innovative and impactful research


To get involved, you may:


By participating in this conference, you have an opportunity to present your research to leaders in your field, build an international community with peers just as passionate about science as you, and expand your understanding of the breadth of student experiences.