Innovations in Bioengineering

Grade Level: Girls entering 8-9
Cost: $395 (limited to 10 students)
An additional 10 spots for underserved girls from Worcester-area public schools are fully sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and these girls will attend free of charge.   

July 27–31, 2015:  Combination of day and overnight
Monday and Tuesday students will attend 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday and Thursday will be overnights on the WPI campus
Friday, the program will conclude with a luncheon and research presentation from 12-2 pm.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2015 (5 pm)
Eligible students will be accepted via a lottery system after April 15. 
Students will be notified of their status by May 1, 2015.

Uncover Innovative Solutions to Society’s Problems

Learn how engineering is the key to meeting real-world challenges. Working with an undergraduate research student as your mentor, you’ll explore your own interests in biology, building confidence and learning about the value of engineering.

Each afternoon, accompanied by your mentor, you’ll be treated to workshops in innovative thinking and creativity, led by a professor from WPI’s School of Business.  A closing ceremony and poster presentation will be held on Friday afternoon with your family and friends. 

Examples of Past Innovations Student Research Projects

Changes in Disease Transmission Over Time   Clearing a Pathway to the Heart
 Antimicrobial Agents vs. Common Bacteria  Designing a Dialysis Machine
 Position/Exercise Affecting Blood Pressure  Osmosis and Diffusion through an Egg
 Characterization of Gelatin Gels for Cartilage Tissue Engineering  Determination of the Calcium Content of Milk
 Extracting Iron from Cereal  DNA Extraction

Application Requirements

Selection Process

The criteria used for acceptance will be the completed application form, including an essay written by the student, and a recommendation from a teacher (preferably math or science) submitted on behalf of the student.  Qualified applicants will be entered into a lottery and selected at random, with 10 Worcester-area public school students being identified to receive the NSF full-tuition scholarships, and 10 students being offered tuition-based spots.  If an applicant is not drawn in the lottery, that does not reflect the quality of her application or her potential to do well in engineering and science.  



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