NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

Integrated Bioengineering Research, Education, and Outreach Experiences for Females and Underrepresented Minorities

June 2 to August 1, 2014

We have opportunities for 10 undergraduates* to be engaged in research in one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of engineering --- Bioengineering. The objectives of this program are to provide:

  • research opportunities for undergraduate students in bioengineering
  • personal and professional development training to help increase the retention of females and minority undergraduate students in engineering
  • involvement in outreach to middle-school students

Receive a $4,500 stipend PLUS free housing.
Funds for travel to/from Worcester and for conference travel (BMES) are also available on a limited basis. Although the WPI REU program does not offer a meal plan, lunch or breakfast is provided for professional development workshops and seminars as well. 

Faculty members from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics have created a diverse array of projects for students to choose from.  Each student conducts research in the laboratory with the faculty mentor on a project specifically designed for his or her abilities and also participates in professional development activities.

See links in right sidebar for applicaion and project descriptions. All applications are due Feb 1st, 2014.

Project Opportunities:

  • Stem cell differentiation and delivery
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Biomaterials
  • Bacterial adhesion
  • Mechanobiology and bioreactors
  • Developing engineered connective tissue
  • Nano-technology

For questions contact: Professor Kristen Billiar

Recommendations and Transcripts should be sent to summerdocuments@wpi.edu or Suzette Santiago, WPI Summer Programs Office, 100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609.

* This opportunity is only available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents

A novel component of this REU is that each undergraduate will receive training in mentoring, and will become a mentor to a middle-school student.  We will create our own outreach program for middle-school students, and be the leaders of a 1-week research experience for these students.  This is called the WPI Innovations in Bioengineering program.

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WPI NSF REU in Bioengineering


  • Due February 1, 2014
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents only
  • Personal statement (1-2 pg)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript sent from your registrar
  • GPA, graduation date, demographic info
  • Selection of 3 top project preferences

2014 Project Descriptions are available here

2013 Project Descriptions are available here.