UVA's NSF REU in Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering

Each summer, UVA trains undergraduates from a variety of STEM backgrounds in the skills, confidence, and mentorship necessary for successful careers in the exciting field of systems bioengineering.

  • Apply and Contact

    Application deadline: March 1, 2019. Summer 2019 program dates are May 27 - August 3, 2019


    Kitter Bishop
    Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Virginia
    Box 800759, Health System
    Charlottesville, VA 22908

    434 982-4100

    Application form coming soon!

  • Dates and details

    Application deadline: March 1, 2019
    Program dates for summer 2018: May 27 - August 3, 2019

    $5000 stipend for 10-week research program

    Reimbursement of travel costs up to $400

    Free on-campus housing and dining plan

    Introductory “boot camp” short course on systems bioengineering modeling basics

    Weekly workshops on ethics and professional development

    Presentation at the Systems Biology Summer Research Symposium

    Opportunity for travel award to present at the fall BMES conference


    The UVA Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering REU is funded by NSF Grant #1560282
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  • Letters of Support

    Applicants will provide the names, titles, and contact for two writers of letters of recommendation. Both letter writers should be a faculty member, research advisor, or other professional mentor within your discipline who can address your potential/abilities/motivation for engaging in research. Please ask your two letter writers to email their letters of recommendation by March 10, 2019 to


About UVA's REU for 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.

List of Mentors

Research Immersion

All students will participate in collaborative, hands-on, and closely mentored research ranging in scale from molecular dynamics and bioinformatics to subcellular networks to whole-cell models to tissue, organ, and population-level models. Each project will have strong clinical relevance and immersion in a combination of experimentation and computational analyses.

Boot Camp

A series of "boot-camp" workshops in systems modeling and analysis gives participants the foundational knowledge needed to thrive in the program.

Professional Development

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.

Tight-Knit Lab Culture

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.

BMES Fall Meeting

Participants will submit their work to the REU track at the national Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference and will be earn a travel award to attend the conference, if their poster or talk is selected.


We're invested in our students' success and provide REU alumni with ongoing mentorship after they complete the program.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Your dorm suite for the summer is a 5-minute walk to the UVA Academical Village, the Medical Center, the Aquatic Fitness Center, the Corner, and a free ride to the Downtown Mall. There's music, mountains, localvore food and drink, Monticello and Montpelier, and the Shenandoah National Park. Running and cycling groups are welcoming. Our REU students are active on the weekends! 

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