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.

See links in right sidebar for applicaion and project descriptions. All applications are due February 2, 2015, 5pm EST.

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