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We are pleased to announce summer research opportunities for K-12 teachers and undergraduates through our NSF REU/RET Site Materials for Bioengineering Research Internships Dedicated to Gateway Experiences (BRIDGE). Our program provides undergraduates with hands-on experiences in research at the interface of biology and materials science and engineering, along with a program that includes faculty seminars, professional development workshops, and community activities. We are seeking undergraduates from chemistry, physics, biology, applied math, and engineering. Students without prior research experience, including freshman and sophomore students, are especially encouraged to apply.

We provide a focused effort for mentoring, stimulating and training undergraduates in several exciting branches of bioengineering and materials science and engineering:

  • Nano- and microscale structures for biology and medicine
  • Tunable materials for tissue engineering and drug delivery
  • Materials and strategies for soft and adaptive robotics

Faculty involved include: Eric Mazur, Kevin Kit Parker, Joanna Aizenberg, Vinothan Manoharan, David Weitz, Katia Bertoldi, David Mooney, George Whitesides, Conor Walsh, Jennifer Lewis, Rob Wood, Shmuel Rubinstein, and David Clarke.

Participants are part of a larger, diverse research community through organized and informal interactions with students, mentors, and faculty in the REU programs of the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) based at Harvard. Students receive a stipend of $5000 and a $350 travel reimbursement, as well as on-campus housing at no additional charge.

To apply, please visit: www.reusite.seas.harvard.edu/application

For more information on past students and projects, please visit: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/k-12-community-programs/reu/participant-profiles.

For more information on past teachers and projects, please visit: www.eduprograms.seas.harvard.edu/ret.htm

Eligibility information: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Undergraduates must be currently enrolled. Teachers or pre-service teachers must have an appointment at a K-12 school in the upcoming academic year and be within commuting distance of Harvard.

Program dates: Pending funding, the summer 2016 REU program will tentatively run from June 6 to August 13. The summer 2016 RET program will tentatively run from approximately June 29 to August 20.

This site is funded by National Science Foundation REU Site program under Grant No. 1262895.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or other sponsors.