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Summer Undergraduate Research Program Hosted
September 14, 2018

A dozen undergraduate students from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and other universities around the country got the chance to participate in research related to mechanobiology of disease and nanomedicine at VCU Engineering over the summer.

Each student was embedded in a faculty member’s lab and worked on an individual project with guidance from a mentor. The labs included those of biomedical engineering assistant professors René Olivares-Navarrete, Ph.D., and Seth Weinberg, Ph.D.

Several of the students submitted proposals to present at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) based on work they did while at VCU. The BMES Annual Meeting will be held October 17-20 in Atlanta.

According to information, the program was modeled after the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. It was hosted by VCU College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and NSF. Organizer Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, said she is seeking to run the program again next year.

This summer program complements the VCU Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative (DURI), which provides a three-semester research experience for College of Engineering students. “Seeing all of these engineering students working side by side and learning from each other is what undergraduate education should be about,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean of the College of Engineering. “It invigorated our campus in ways that only our students can.”

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