Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
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.
The Research Environment
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.
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.
All of the following must be submitted to be considered:
- Completed REU Application (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
2017 Research Opportunities
- Mechanical engineering
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Electrical and computer engineering