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
Summer 2021 Contingency Plan
Should we not be able to offer a fully in-person REU this summer, is there a contingency plan? Yes! The Summer 2021 Covid Contingency plan is to offer either a hybrid REU (virtual for a few weeks, transitioning to in-person) or a fully virtual REU (similar to what we offered last summer). A lot will depend on the evolving situation. We plan to make offers, before knowing if the program will be in-person, hybrid or fully virtual. We will begin making offers as soon as February 15, 2021 (our deadline for priority consideration). We're almost certain NOT to know what will be possible by that point.
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.
A series of "boot-camp" workshops in systems modeling and analysis gives participants the foundational knowledge needed to thrive in the program.
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.
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!