The Biomedical Engineering Department at Wake Forest University will offer several summer research opportunities in 2019 focusing on Imaging and Mechanics-based Projects on Accidental Cases of Trauma (IMPACT). Students selected for this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program will receive a stipend and on-campus housing. The research internships will be offered between May 27 and August 2, 2019.
Research Project Highlights
Exciting biomedical engineering projects are offered on topics, including:
- Injury prediction model development
- Military, sports and spaceflight safety
- Osteoporosis prevention
- Biomechanical characterization of injury mechanisms
- Diagnostics and therapies for cancer patients
- Biomedical informatics
Learn more and read the full overview and project descriptions (pdf) about the mentioned projects
How to Apply
The Wake Forest Biomedical Engineering summer program admits up to 30 students each summer who meet the follow eligibility requirements.
- Undergraduate students from all institutions (Wake Forest University students are eligible)
- Students in good academic standing - U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and U.S. permanent residents
- Under-represented students from colleges with limited research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are encouraged to apply
Application ProcessThe application period for the 2019 summer is closed. Please check back in fall 2019 to apply for summer 2020 internships.
Are letters of recommendation or transcripts required?
You do NOT have to upload letter(s) of recommendation or transcripts unless you wish.
What is the minimum GPA for acceptance?
Recommended minimum GPA is 3.0
When will I be notified of acceptance?
Decisions start mid-March and will continue until all interns have been selected. Selection usually continues through April.
What are the dates of the program?
The dates for the program will be between May 27 and August 2, 2019
What are the program requirements?
- 10 weeks of research
- Professional development seminars/training/workshops
- Oral presentation (PowerPoint symposium)
What are the program objectives?
- To introduce students to the field of biomedical engineering and broaden their knowledge
- To educate students about the societal implications of their research
- To cultivate mentoring relationships between the interns and the graduate student and faculty mentors
- To provide research experiences that will promote independent problem-solving skills
Will I do collaborative or individual work?
There will be opportunities for both collaborative and individual work.
Do I need prior experience in the project research field?
No prior experience is required, but encouraged (consult project descriptions).
May I also take summer classes?
We prefer for our students not to take summer courses so they can concentrate on the internship.
If I’ve already interned at Wake’s BME program, may I apply again?
Yes, you may apply even if you’ve previously been through the program.
If I cannot stay for the entire duration of the program, may I still apply?
We prefer for our students to commit to the entire internship, but please indicate days you’d be unavailable on the application.
Do I need to bring a car?
We recommend bringing a vehicle; however, carpooling with other student is also possible and there is a shuttle service from the houseing to the research labs. Past students have found having a car or carpooling advantageous.
I am bringing a car. Do I need to purchase a parking permit?
No. Parking permits will be provided.
Are there any observed holidays during the summer?
Yes, Memorial Day and July 4 are observed holidays.
What type of housing is provided?
Shared apartment-style housing will be provided on the campus of Wake Forest University.
Are travel expenses covered?
No, travel expenses are not paid by the program.
How much will I be paid?
You will be paid a $5,000 stipend.
What should I wear?
A business casual dress code is recommended.
How many students typically apply?
More than 600 students applied to the program in 2018