2015 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

Every summer, there are many ways for college student to spend their time, whether by traveling, working, or studying. However, it is often hard to choose which of the three to do, given limited time and resources. A great opportunity to mix all three together while also building one’s resume, and forming new lifelong connections is by participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). There are many such programs throughout the US and abroad, so be sure to look at the variety of colleges and fields available, and apply away! Here is a condensed list of some of the programs that are being offered this year:

– EBICS’s Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems program at UIUC, MIT, and Tech. The program focuses on engineering stem cells to create specialized environments for micromachines. The deadline to apply is February 15th.
– UM*STAR program at the School of Public Health in the University of Maryland. This program is for minority/ disadvantaged sophomores and juniors who would like to become biomedical engineers or behavioral scientists with a focus on cardiovascular disease. Applications can be found on the website and by emailing rsapp@umd.edu.
– Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics at Johns Hopkins in the CISST and LCSR research centers. The program will focus on improving medical machines, such as for MRIs. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.
– Varied Summer Research program at NYU. The program is open only to juniors and offers opportunities across a range of topics, such as biological sensors and protein-engineered materials. The deadline is March 2, 2015.
– Summer Research Program at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Much like at the program at NYU, students can choose what they would like to pursue, from nanomaterials to virology. The priority deadline is February 2nd, and the final deadline is March 2nd.
– Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in Bethesda, Maryland. There is a wide range of topics that can be pursued, such as tissue biophysics, neurobiology, etc. The deadline is February 9th.
– Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at the University of Southern California. This REU is open to sophomores and juniors and has a set list of projects on topics such as wireless medical implants. The deadline to apply is February 2nd, and the full list of topics can be found online.
– The School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) REU at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech. This opportunity focuses on Translational Research, with an emphasis on human response to trauma and injury. The deadline is February 13, 2015.
– The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at University of Washington, Seattle. The experience will focus on programming the neural interface and allow students to choose between nineteen labs. The deadline to apply is February 1st.
– The Amgen Scholars program, hosted at twelve different locations including MIT, University of Tokyo and UCLA. The program offers the opportunity to pursue one of a variety of fields such as biological engineering and Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The deadline to apply for this program is February 2nd for all institutions except Caltech, which has a February 14th deadline.
– The Health Sciences and Technology Program at Harvard and MIT. The focus is in either biomedical informatics or biomedical optics, with tracks in genetics/genomics and/or bioinformatics/computer science. Students should apply by January 31st.
– The Summer Institute in Biomedical Optics at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Students will conduct research at either MGH or MIT and also take classes on biomedical optics. The deadline to apply is February 16th.

For premed students, there are also various programs geared towards them:

– Pathway to Medical School Program at the SOWEGA-AHEC in Gainesville, GA. This program is for students in rural areas who are pursuing family or primary care, such as OB/GYN, general surgery, internal medicine, etc. The deadline to apply is March 1st.
– Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Case Western has a whole list of different programs to choose from so it is definitely recommended to check its website. Topics include lung and blood research, HIV research, etc. as well as an additional Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) program. Deadlines vary, but most are around March 1st.
– Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program at Des Moines University. The program is for underrepresented sophomores and juniors, with emphasis on osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. 

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