Students studying biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have many opportunities to engage in research through summer fellowships and competitions.
Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship
The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) aims to encourage the participation of exceptional students from diverse backgrounds in engineering research. Fellows engage in independent research under the guidance of a faculty member from the McKelvey School of Engineering as well as network with other undergraduate researchers from around the country.
Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology Fellowship
Participate in a paid summer internship that brings together engineering and neurosurgery faculty and students. The goal of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology Fellowship is for students to communicate with people from medical backgrounds to more effectively envision, articulate and implement ideas to improve the practice of neurosurgery. Students will work with neurosurgical and engineering faculty, other engineering students and a neurosurgical resident to design, draft and create the prototype of an original concept. At the end of the fellowship, students will present their design for industry evaluation at the corporate office of Stryker Corporation.
Summer Undergraduate Research Award
The Office of Undergraduate Research, in partnership with academic departments at WashU, offers Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) to financially support WashU undergraduates pursuing faculty-mentored research during the summer from all academic backgrounds except the life sciences.
SURAs are $4,000 for a 10-week or more research project. For research that is expected to last for less than 10 weeks, the maximum award is $2,500.
Skandalaris Center Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program
The Skandalaris Center provides student engineers with real-world work experience and hands-on training in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Skandalaris Center Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program provides participants with paid, 10-week internships and weekly programming that includes tours of entrepreneurial areas, networking and panels.
The Washington University Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (BioSURF) introduces WashU undergraduate students to research in the life-sciences under the guidance of university faculty mentors.
BioSURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process, and students gain practical knowledge of research funding as they enter the research environment and network within the community of scientists. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.
The iGEM Competition is an international competition aimed at undergraduate students interested in the field of synthetic biology. Teams are given kits of biological parts, and build and test biological systems in living cells, ranging from bacteria to mammalian cells.
WashU’s iGEM team forms each spring in order to conduct research over the summer. Teams then present their work during the competition’s Giant Jamboree in the fall.