Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

Binghamton University State University of New York - Biomedical Engineering Department

Summer Program

The REU Summer Program will run over 10-weeks in coordination with Binghamton University's summer sessions. The aim of the program is to provide an individualized research experience for the student participants. Faculty research mentors will design the students' research projects to illustrate the process of biomedical technology development through intensive lab hands-on training. Research projects will be posted on the REU Website.

Following acceptance to the program, students will have opportunities to interact with faculty mentors through WebEx or email to gain insight on these projects before they choose the labs for their training. Students will be paired with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the labs to carry out independent research projects under the direction of their faculty mentors. Students will be trained to form hypotheses, design experiments to validate the hypotheses, conduct experiments to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and to report experimental results by presenting research results at weekly lab meeting, regional, national and international conferences as well as in peer-reviewed journals. Although research projects will be individualized, students will have ample opportunities to interact with and learn from each other through carefully designed group activities such as weekly lab meetings and social events, a field trip, and midterm and final presentations in Binghamton University research celebration that will be jointly hosted with other campus undergraduate research programs. By working with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as other students in the labs, they will develop the skills needed to be collaborative researchers. Moreover, we will offer continuous support both during and post-program including advice on graduate studies and career development. This training will empower students to become leaders and innovators able to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century.

The timetable for the proposed summer REU Program

Week 1

Orientation will be held on Days 1 and 2. On Day 1, Students and faculty mentors will be formally introduced. Students will tour BU's facilities. On Day 2, students will receive training in laboratory safety, maintaining research notebooks, responsible conduct of research, and fundamental research methods applicable to biomedical sciences and engineering. After training, students will be assigned to individual labs and meet their faculty mentors, postdocs and graduate students.

Week 2-9

Work in labs under the direction of faculty mentors from Monday to Friday. Students are required to develop their own research plans, experimental protocols, collect and interpret experimental data, take notes, and write research reports. They will be paired with graduate students and/or postdocs and independently work on their assigned research projects at labs. This period will include weekly large group meetings to ensure that students are connected to their cohort throughout the program.

Week 10

Students are required to write and submit a report on their research discovery. A research fair held in conjunction with other campus undergraduate research programs will provide a venue for students to present the results of their research in a poster. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors, and others will be invited and interact with REU students. A team of judges will be formed from faculty who are knowledgeable about subjects but are not mentors of these students, to assess the quality of students' research. The best REU poster selected by the faculty judges will be announced during the poster ceremony.