In order to participate in the Summer 2021 REU Program, applicants must be:
U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Full-time undergraduate students returning Fall 2021
Priority consideration will be given to rising seniors (graduating by summer 2022)
Available for the duration of the 10-week program (May 31 - August 7)
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 review for applications will begin on February 15, 2021.
The deadline for completed applications (including support letters) is midnight on March 1, 2021.
The program dates are May 31 - August 7, 2021.
$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. 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:
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia
Box 800759, Health System
Charlottesville, VA 22908 SystemsBioengREU@virginia.edu
The UVA Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering REU is funded by NSF Grant #1560282
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.
Is there a 2021 contingency plan, given COVID-19? Yes, the 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 with UVA Conferences (who handles summer housing), and they will be guided in due time by the UVA Provost Office.
Will you make offers, before knowing if the program will be in-person, hybrid or fully virtual? Yes. We will begin making offers as soon as February 15, 2021 (our deadline for priority consideration). We're almost certain not to have a decision by that time.
Are UVA students encouraged to apply? UVA students are not discouraged to apply. As a matter of fact, last Summer 2020, when our program was 100% virtual, we even had supplemental funds from non-NSF sources just for UVA students. 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? Normally, no, not yet. Dr. Allen usually matches students to labs once he has the entire summer cohort assembled. At that point, he is able to balance students' stated interests/prior experiences and goals with labs and mentors.
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