Summer “Virtual” REU in Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering and Biomedical Data Sciences
This unusual summer, the University of Virginia is hosting a “virtual” version of our NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in multi-scale systems bioengineering and biomedical data science.
- Program dates are June 22 - August 14, 2020
- Rolling application review begins June 1st.
- All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by midnight on June 14.
- Priority consideration will be given to students who will graduate by Summer 2021 (rising seniors or equivalent).
- $2000 stipend for 8-week part-time research program
- Introductory “boot camp” short course on systems bioengineering modeling basics
- Weekly workshops on ethics and professional development
- Presentation at a virtual Systems Biology and Biomedical Data Science Summer Research Symposium
- Opportunity for travel funds to present at the Fall Biomedical Engineering Society conference (BMES)
The objective of the Summer 2020 program is to provide a limited-scope virtual research training experience for undergraduates and provide them with skills, confidence, and mentorship in the exciting field of systems bioengineering and biomedical data science. A small cohort of students will be matched with research laboratories to work part-time on an 8-week research project, culminating in an abstract and a virtual symposium presentation.
Since students will not be able to be physically present in research labs at the University of Virginia due to safety restrictions with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all projects will be conducted remotely and will necessarily involve computational modeling and/or data science rather than “wet-lab” experimentation.
Interaction with lab mentors will be a lot more limited than in a typical year. Read more about what a typical week may look like in this message from program director Dr.Timothy Allen. Thus, participants should demonstrate their effectiveness in working independently and comfort in taking the lead on their own project and learning. In addition to the virtual research experience, the program will also provide students with career advising, grounding in research ethics, training in scientific communication and ongoing mentorship after completion of the program.