Icahn School of Medicine Exchange

ISMMS  building sign / Cooper Union flag

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has partnered with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) on a collaboration that includes joint research and an educational exchange.

At the Cooper Union the program will be overseen by the Office of the Dean of Engineering with input from a Steering Council made up of faculty representatives from both institutions. The Council will establish guidelines and monitor all activities undertaken under the auspices of this agreement and make joint recommendations. The primary contact in the Engineering School will be Professor Oliver Medvedik. The Steering Council members are Professor Jennifer Weiser and Professor Oliver Medvedik.

Educational Exchange

The educational exchange program will enable graduate students at The Cooper Union and ISMMS to take courses at the other institution.  Only matriculated graduate students are eligible to participate in this Exchange Program at this time. Students must have successfully completed at least one term at The Cooper Union prior to participating in the Exchange Program and must be in good academic standing at The Cooper Union.

Four Cooper Union students may participate in the Exchange Program with ISMMS per academic year. Each may take up to two courses at ISMMS. See the ISMMS course list. The Cooper Union Steering Council members have identified a short list of courses that are recommended for Cooper Union graduate students. 


To apply, students must submit an application form and credit transfer form to Professor Oliver Medvedik  by September 10 for the ISMMS Fall Semester, December 15 for the ISMMS Spring 1 semester (January to mid-March) and January 15, for the ISMMS Spring 2 semester (April to June).  The ISMMS academic graduate school calendar can be found here and 2019 course schedule is here.

To best search for courses within Mt Sinai, please follow these steps (instructions are for Fall 2019):

1. Click on the course catalog link here to enter the "Query Course Schedule" page.

2. In the dropdown  "Term" menu, select "2019 Fall."

3. In the dropdown "Session" menu, scroll all the way down to and select "Graduate Session."

4. Now clicking on "Search" will provide you with a list of all available courses. Hovering your mouse over "Detail" on the right side of the screen will give you a pop-up screen that provides a more extensive description of the specified course.

Please note that the deadline for registering for Fall 2019 courses at Mt. Sinai is September 13th. Applications  are  due to Prof. Medvedik by September 10th.

Approval of ISMMS credits toward a degree granted by the Albert Nerken School of Engineering are subject to the discretion of the Dean of Engineering and registrar’s office. Upon completion of the ISMMS course{s}, Cooper Union students must request a transcript from ISMMS to transfer the credits. Transcripts should be submitted to the registrar.


There is no additional cost for taking ISMMS courses. Cooper Union students will pay tuition and fees to Cooper Union only. ISMMS will not provide housing or any other benefits to Exchange Students with the exception of use of their library and/or other academic facilities necessary as part of the student’s enrollment in the ISMMS courses. Students are responsible for any course-related materials and other expenses related to the Exchange Program. Neither Cooper Union nor ISMMS will provide financial assistance to students for this program. Under no circumstances will the Exchange Students from The Cooper Union be considered full-time students of ISMMS.

Standards and Requirements

Cooper Union students should meet all of the ISMMS academic and institutional standards, as determined by ISMMS, including but not limited to proof of required immunizations and proof of sufficient health insurance. ISMMS reserves the right to make final judgment on the admissibility of each student approved for the Exchange Program and the courses to which each approved student may enroll.

Cooper Union exchange students will be required to abide by the policies and performance standards of ISMMS, and may be terminated from the course they are enrolled in at the host institution for failure to abide by the host institution’s policies. If any Exchange Student voluntarily withdraws or is dismissed for failure to abide by the ISMMS’ policies before the end of the course, such student will not be permitted to re-enroll in the exchange program. ISMMS and The Cooper Union reserve the sole discretion to require the withdrawal of any Exchange Student whose academic standing or conduct warrants such action.  

Research Exchange

The research exchange program will provide opportunities for collaboration between The Cooper Union and ISMMS faculty and students through joint research projects. CU graduate and advanced undergraduate students engaged in approved projects may or may not choose to do it for course credit. The range of research areas will include: bioengineering, biomedical engineering, proteomics, biomechanics, microbiome, and biomedical computational projects.

A collaborative research project would involve joint advising by at least one Cooper Union faculty member and one ISMMS faculty member with the Cooper Union faculty advisor retaining primary supervisory and grading responsibility for the student. A project can be graduate level or a single or multi-semester undergraduate project at the Cooper Union as long as the problem statement is agreed upon by the student and faculty at the two institutions. If the work is done for course credit (i.e. an independent study) all appropriate deadlines will apply. Any multi-semester projects undertaken by Cooper students for credit must be graded at the end of each semester based on milestones to be determines by the advisors and students.

The application for participating in the research exchange program can be found here.

The annual deadlines for submission are April 15, December 15, and August 15 for project start dates in the summer, spring, and fall, respectively.

A joint annual one-day workshop will be held where faculty and students from both institutions will present their research results. 

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