Goals and Focus of the Computational Bioengineering REU

The Computational Bioengineering Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a 10-week research-intensive program for undergraduates pursuing an engineering degree or other relevant STEM majors, such as computer science, physics, biology, and chemistry. Faculty from the College of Engineering and the Carver College of Medicine mentor and train 10 students every summer.  Students will gain expertise and skills in computation with medical applications and scientific communication by conducting mentored research in participating faculty laboratories. Additional program activities include weekly workshops/seminars on topics in computing, communicating science, ethics, career development, etc., and social activities. The experience will culminate with submission of an abstract and poster presentation on the REU student’s research at the university-wide Summer Undergraduate Research Conference.

A diverse set of research mentors and projects collected under the umbrella of computational bioengineering. Faculty are from the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Radiology, and Orthopedics.  Faculty research covers disciplines and topics ranging from orthopedic and cardiovascular biomechanics, medical imaging, neuroscience, computational genomics, mechanobiology, and tissue engineering. Common to each project is the need to perform computation. Each REU participant will have a unique and immersive research project where they will interact closely with their mentor and have the opportunity to gain expertise and skills in computation with medical applications. Additionally, students will be exposed to other research topics through lab group meetings and programmatic events, including workshops and seminars. Details regarding the intellectual focus of each individual research project are found on the REU mentor page.