REU Activities

The University of Virginia is hosting a brand-new NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in multi-scale systems bioengineering. The objective of the program is to train undergraduates from a variety of STEM backgrounds and provide them with the skills, confidence, and mentorship necessary for successful careers in the exciting field of systems bioengineering.

Students will be matched with world-class faculty mentors for a 10-week research project, culminating in a paper and public symposium at the end of the summer. All students will participate in collaborative, hands-on, and closely mentored projects in the areas of 1) Molecular Pathways and Cellular Modeling and 2) Tissue-/Organ-/Population-Level Modeling, which will immerse them in a combination of experimentation and computational analyses. Pre-REU activities and an initial two-day "boot-camp" in systems modeling and analysis will provide participants with the foundational knowledge needed to thrive in the program. Additional travel funds will be made available to students who have their summer research accepted in the REU track at the national Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in the fall.

Throughout the summer, weekly workshops and seminars will cover topics including biomedical research ethics, communication skills, career advising, scientific communication, and professional development, all of which are necessary to be productive in advanced graduate study and be successfully employed in the modern biotechnology industry. The program will also provide students with ongoing mentorship after completion of the program.

Students in the REU, regardless of mentor, will be fully integrated into their respective labs: listed on lab websites, invited to lab lunches and social events, and expected to attend and participate in lab meetings and journal clubs. REU students will also have access to weekend outings and activities, including hiking excursions in nearby Shenandoah National Park, free “Fridays after Five” concerts on the downtown pedestrian mall of Charlottesville, and a wide array of other options available in the greater Charlottesville area.