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

    To apply, please visit National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates website. Select "How to Apply" in the top menu, then click either the “Engineering” drop-down or on the link "Engineering common application.” When selecting the program to apply to, be sure to then select “UVA Systems Bioengineering REU" and follow the instructions.

    The application generally opens in November.  Applications are reviewed and decisions made on a rolling basis beginning February 1st.  The application deadline is the last day in February.


    Hannah Moore
    Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
    University of Virginia
    Box 800759, Health System
    Charlottesville, VA 22908

    NSF Common REU Application
  • Dates and details

    The Summer 2020 program dates are May 25 - July 31, 2020

    Application review begins February 1st. The last day to apply is February 28, 2020.

    $5000 stipend for 10-week research program (this may increase for 2020)

    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

    The NSF Common Application system will automatically prompt the letter writers you designate, once you submit your application. As a courtesy, please let your letter writers know that you have applied and should expect this prompt.  We strongly recommend that your letters should be from a faculty member, research advisor, or other professional mentor within your discipline who can address your potential, abilities, and motivation for engaging in research.

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    Wireless Health REU (link coming soon)

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Ramon Castellanos, REU Class of 2018

"I fell in love with the institution and the City of Charlottesville. The energy that I felt surrounding almost all the principal investigators towards research was really contagious. I got the impression that there is a fantastic environment encircling the BME department, the school of medicine and the health system, which is fundamental for any successful summer research program. Working every day in the lab for the entire summer exposed me the down time of investigation, the challenges and feelings of incompetence that all investigators feel at some point that leads to growth. It also showed me how to move forward, look for alternative view points and a new focus to solve a problem. "

Ramon Castellanos, REU Class of 2018 "Agent Based Model of Intramuscular Fat Infiltration"

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! 

Why ’Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

"The cultural scene here is way bigger than something a town of this size should have."