REU in Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering and Biomedical Data Sciences

  • Eligibility and Application (Summer 2022)

    In order to participate in the Summer 2022 REU Program, applicants must be:

    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Full-time undergraduate students returning Fall 2022
    • Priority consideration will be given to rising seniors (graduating by summer 2023)
    • Available for the duration of the 10-week program (May 30 - August 5, 2022)


    Additional Information

    Students must be enrolled in a science, mathematics, or engineering-based curriculum that includes introductory biology, chemistry, and calculus are especially.  Rising seniors are generally given priority consideration, yet as our Alumni section shows, juniors and sophomores also are very competitive in securing spots in our REU!  Experience in programming is recommended, but not required.  Women, underrepresented minorities, and military veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must complete an online application form that includes: basic information about you, a resume, an unofficial transcript, some short essays that address the motivation for the program and what you hope to get out of the experience, and two references (preferably academic or supervisory, rather than “community” letters), all to be submitted electronically. We use the NSF’s REU ETAP application. This is a common application portal for many NSF-sponsored REU programs across the country.

    The website will ask you to create a user account. When your account is created, follow the steps provided on the website to complete the common application. Make sure to select UVA's "Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering" when selecting the Site to which you want to apply. 


    Dates and Deadlines

    • Priority Admissions Review for applications reviewed before February 15, 2022 (completed).
    • Rolling Admissions Review begins March 15, 2022
    • The program dates are May 30 - August 5, 2022.


    Further Detail

    • $6000 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 and weekly workshops on ethics and professional development
    • Presentation at our Summer Research Symposium - many students earn an additional travel award to present at the fall BMES annual meeting.


    Also see our FAQs below.  If you have any questions, please contact:

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

    The UVA Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering REU is funded by NSF Grant #1560282

    NSF REU etap Application
  • Letters of Support

    The NSF Education and Training Application Portal (ETAP) 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. If you have already applied to other REUs, your letters (and your transcripts) should still be in the system.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    2022 Program FAQs

    Is there a 2022 contingency plan, given COVID-19? With students back on grounds and in the labs, we are planning for a residential, in-person tradtional REU in Summer 2022.  Should the pandemic prevent make this impossible, then we will offer either a hybrid REU (virtual for a few weeks, transitioning to in-person) or a fully virtual REU. But as of January 1, 2022, all our planning is for a residential, in-person REU!

    Are UVA students encouraged to apply?  UVA students are not discouraged to apply.  That said, generally, REU Program Directors are eager to offer opportunities to students outside their home institutions.  Why? Because these students' schools may not be major research institutions or they may not have systems bioengineering and biomedical data science as a research thrust.

    Am I matched to a specific lab or mentor when I get my offer?  Sometimes!  It really depends on how the summer cohort comes together.  Sometimes there are clear matches to labs for most of the students, Other times, Dr. Allen must balance students' stated interests/prior experiences and goals with available labs and mentors. 

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