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WPI BME REU will not run for the summer of 2021 but check back later for future dates. Please contact Professor Jeannine Coburn ( with any questions.

The National Science Foundation and WPI collaborate to bring bioengineering, research, education, and outreach experiences for women and underrepresented minorities to 10 undergraduates who attend WPI or other universities (U.S. citizens and permanent residents).

This is an opportunity for participants to be engaged in research in the exciting and rapidly developing bioengineering field from May 27th - August 2nd, 2019Faculty Members

The objectives of this program are to provide the following:

  • Research opportunities for undergraduate students in bioengineering

  • Personal and professional development training to help increase the retention of female and minority undergraduate students in engineering

  • Involvement in outreach to middle-school students

Faculty members from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics have created diverse projects for students to conduct lab research and project work, and to participate in professional development.

Project opportunities:

  • Biomaterials Tissue Engineering/Stem Cell EngineeringStudents looking at a laptop

  • Biomechanics - cells and tissues

  • Biomechanics - kinematics/robotics

  • Biophysics/mechanobiology

  • Biochemical Engineering

  • BioMEMS - micro- and nanotechnology

While the specific projects for this year have not been settled on yet, they will be similar in scope and topic to projects from last year (found here).

Participants will receive training in mentoring, become a mentor to a middle-school student, and participate in creating an outreach program for middle-school students. They will lead a one-week research experience known as the WPI Innovations in Bioengineering program.


Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing, funds for travel to and from Worcester, and some funds for conferences and travel to and 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.

Submission To-Do List:

1) Submit application. The application can be viewed without submitting it but will not save without submission. NOTE: Transcripts may be unofficial, but we may request official transcripts if you are in the final applicant pool.

2) Ask for 3 letters of recommendation.  Letters should be send electronically to NOTE: Please have your references title their emails and documents "Letter of Recommendation for yournamehere."

First round decisions will be announced on March 15th and all applicants will be informed when all slots have been filled.

If you have any questions about the program or the application please email Professor Jeannine Coburn (

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