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REU: Bioengineering Research & Outreach Opportunities for Females and Underrepresented Minorities

Primary Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institue
City: Worcester
State: MA
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
Description: We have opportunities for 8 to 10 undergraduates/year to be engaged in research in one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of engineering --- Bioengineering.

The objectives of this program are to provide:

1 - research opportunities for undergraduate students in bioengineering
2 -personal and professional development training to help increase the retention of females and minority undergraduate students in engineering
3 -involvement in outreach to middle-school students

Faculty members from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry & Biochemistry have created a diverse array of projects for students to choose from.  Each student conducts research in the laboratory with the faculty mentor on a project specifically designed for his or her abilities and also participates in professional development activities.

A novel component of this REU is that each undergraduate will receive training in mentoring, and will become a mentor to a middle-school student.  

We will create our own outreach program for middle-school students, and be the leaders of a 2-week research experience for these students.  This is called the WPI Bio-Discovery Program
Stipend: $4000
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 03/09/2009
Job Website: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/BME/Research/reu.html

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Kristen Billiar, Ph.D.
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
Email: kbilliar@wpi.edu
Phone: 508-831-5384
Secondary Contact: Marsha Rolle, Ph.D.
Email: mrolle@wpi.edu
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