University of Southern California Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium The USC Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering USC

Wallace H. Coulter Award

The Wallace H. Coulter Award will be presented in recognition of significant contributions to a Biomedical Engineering solution to solve an unmet or underserved Clinical. This year marks the third year in which the award is offered at our annual Grodins Research Symposium.


The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. Project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation are invited for assessment, although the program does not fund discovery research (the creation of new knowledge). The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Departmentin the Viterbi School of Engineering and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine.


The presenters who are eligible for the Wallace H. Coulter Ward are entrants who affirmatively answer the following questions during the applica

What is the potential tangible societal impact of your research?(How could your work change the world?)

Please describe your individual contribution to this project(what problem did you solve) and how that contribution advanced the state of the art of this technology?

Is your research highly interdisciplinary?(Does this research span multipledisciplines -engineering, biology, computer science, pharmacology, etc.)

Does your research have a high likelihood of translating into a practical application? (Such research is usually a good candidatefor patents/licenses.)

The judging panel will consider the following criteria in awarding the Most Innovative prize:

Potential for tangible societal impact--How could this work positively impact society?

High novelty--Has anyone done this before?

High quality of research--Does the student offer research that could be presented to investors or highlevel researchers today?

High risk-reward for innovative ideas--Did the students take a risk in demonstrating their research?

Enthusiasm and commitment of students--Are the students eager to introduce their work to the USC community and make the commitment to further advance their discoveries?

Diversity across disciplines and approaches--Does the research collaborate with other disciplines at USC?

Impact and future potential impact--How will this change the world we live in?

Sustainability--Will this research hold up to or withstand societal changes?

Understanding of market--Does the student understand what the market they are trying to infiltrate needs?


The Fred S. Grodins Graduate Student Research Symposium is a public forum.  Therefore, any discussion youhave or any information you display will be considered a public disclosure. You should consider pulling all confidential information out of the presentation if you are interested in patent protection and have not yet filed a patent application.If you want to protect patent rights while still publishing information about your invention, it is best to focus on a results-oriented description and not a description of how those results are obtained. It is important to not describe how to make or reproduce the invention.While we are encouraging full and creative presentations, please understand that the public disclosure of yourinvention or the public display of a product or prototype that embodies your invention may prevent you from patenting the disclosed embodiments of your invention at any time in a foreign country or beyond one year from public disclosure or display in the United States.We will not ask you to disclose any information about your projects that you are not comfortable with disclosing. There will be a program published for the event, for which the information from your abstract was used. Any information that is submitted in your application is kept confidential. If you have any questions about this, let us know.