Summer Experiences

Students have an opportunity to engage in research each summer through several programs.


The Washington University Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (BioSURF) introduces WashU undergraduate students to research in the life-sciences under the guidance of WashU faculty mentors. BioSURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process, and students gain a sophisticated and practical knowledge of the research enterprise 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.


iGEM Competition 2018 WashU team - an international team competition made up of predominantly undergraduate students interested in the field of synthetic biology

Skandalaris Center Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program

The Skandalaris Center hosts a Summer Entrepreneurial Internship Program to provide a 10 week work experience with real-world, practical training increativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship for engineers.

Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA)

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, with the exception of the life sciences. SURAs are $4,000 for a ten-week or more research project. For research that is expected to last for less than ten weeks, the maximum award is $2,500.


The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program is designed to encourage exceptional students from diverse backgrounds to participate in engineering research. Fellows will enjoy a rewarding summer research experience at one of the top universities in the U.S.

Study Abroad

In addition to the study-abroad programs available through the College of Arts and Sciences, there are biomedical engineeringspecific exchange programs available to students during the semester or summer.

Studying abroad is a valuable experience. Our packed curriculum, however, requires careful planning and consultation prior to undertaking any international program. In addition to the study abroad programs available through the College of Arts and Sciences, there are BME-specific exchange programs as detailed below.

Hong Kong Polytechnic U. (HKPU) Exchanges

Selected undergraduates have a unique opportunity each summer to experience applications of BME with students and faculty at HKPU. During this two-week Community Service Learning Project (CSLP) students first visit HKPU for orientation and then travel to a clinic/hospital in China to experience first-hand some rehabilitative applications of the material learned in the Quantitative Physiology courses. Some senior design projects for the ensuing fall semester have arisen from this experience. Applications for this summer program are accepted beginning early each spring semester. Upon completion of this program 2 credits will be awarded in the fall semester.

In addition to these summer exchanges, there is a possibility for a semester-long coursework exchange at HKPU. Interested students should contact the BME office or Engineering Student Services for further details.


Submit the HKPU CSLP Application to:

bme [at] wustl [dot] edu