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Undergraduate Programs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Advancing Human Health, From Nano to Network

The past decades have witnessed enormous advancements in biological sciences that have increased our understanding of the human body. These discoveries have led to a host of new research opportunities, ranging from drug design and the development of next-generation medical implants to facilitating remote medical care.

Primed to meet the challenges presented by these new research opportunities are students from a range of engineering disciplines, including biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and optics, who can apply their diverse knowledge, experiences and skills to improve an array of human health concerns.

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Human health is a compelling application space for undergraduate students, particularly for engineering students who often go into these fields of study in order to have impact on society throughout their careers. Our REU site, advancing human health,from nano to network, will enable students to not only obtain research experience in one aspect of this space, it will also provide the opportunities for all the REU participants to learn from each other about the multidisciplinary research within this area.

Only through advances in a range of engineering disciplines will we be able to solve some of the most challenging problems in human health, from the design of implantable devices to improved prosthetics to support for continuous monitoring of health conditions to enabling social support systems.

Our REU program will expose the participants to this critical and evolving research field and enable them to make important contributions of their own to advance human health.

2018 Program Dates
May 29 to July 30, 2018

Students should review the eligibility and application requirements before applying to the program. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Kearns Center College Programs.


To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be majoring in the physical sciences or engineering with at least one year left to complete the undergraduate degree

Participants are selected based upon academic achievement and scientific interests. This project has a specific focus on enrolling women and members of groups underrepresented in the STEM fields (African-American/Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander). The site also seeks to include students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available.

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Application Requirements

All of the following must be submitted to be considered:

  • Completed 2018 REU Application [Application opens on November 1, 2017 and closes February 15, 2018] (Please note that the application can not be saved and resumed. You will need to complete it in one sitting.)
  • Statement of purpose indicating how participation in the REU experience will fit into your long-range academic and professional goals
  • A copy of your current resume/CV
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

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2017 Research Opportunities

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