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 6, 2015

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 $5,000 stipend PLUS free housing.
Funds for travel to/from Worcester. Additional funds for conference travel are also available on a limited basis, and usually cover all registration fees, shared hotel, and travel to/from the BMES Annual Meeting. 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, Mechanical Engineering, 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.

Project Opportunities:

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering/Stem cell engineering
  • Biomechanics - cells and tissues
  • Biomechanics - kinematics/robotics
  • Biophysics/mechanobiology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • BioMEMS - micro- and nanotechnology

For questions contact: Professor Kristen Billiar

Please email scanned transcripts and letters of recommendation to BMEREU2015@wpi.edu.

* 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