Biomedical Engineering and Informatics Summer Research Program

The Biomedical Engineering Department and Center for Biomedical Informatics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine will offer several summer research opportunities in 2023 to undergraduate and master’s students. The program is funded by an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award: Imaging and Mechanics-based Projects on Accidental Cases of Trauma (IMPACT), an NIH R25 award: Culturally Augmented Learning in Biomedical Informatics Research (CALIBIR), and other sources. A broad array of biomedical engineering and informatics projects are offered. Students selected for this program will receive a stipend and on-campus housing. The research internship program will be offered between May 29 and August 4, 2023.The 2022 undergraduates participating in the Department of Biomedical Engineering's summer research opportunities stand on the stairs.

Research Project Highlights

Exciting projects are offered on topics including:

  • Injury prediction model development
  • Finite element modeling applied to trauma
  • Military, sports and spaceflight safety
  • Osteoporosis prevention
  • Diagnostics and therapies for cancer patients
  • Biomechanical injury mechanisms
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Medical device testing and prototyping
  • Imaging and artificial intelligence
  • Academic Learning Health Care Systems
  • Development and use of machine learning based algorithms

Learn more and view our program's research project descriptions (PDF).

View our 2023 Summer Brochure (PDF).

How to Apply

The Wake Forest Biomedical Engineering and Informatics summer program admits up to 50 students each summer who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate and master's students from all institutions (Wake Forest University students are eligible)
  • Students in good academic standing — U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents, and international students who currently have a J-1 or F-1 visa and who are already attending school in the U.S.

Underrepresented students from colleges with limited research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Submit an application online, including a 1-pg personal statement, resume, and academic transcript(s). One academic reference is required and encouraged to submit an optional letter of recommendation.

Applications for the Summer of 2023 are now closed. The Summer of 2024 application will open in October 2023.

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Informational Sessions

Learn more about the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences graduate program at these Virtual Sessions, allowing you to ask questions live. These sessions are tailored to students interested in applying to our graduate program, but they include overviews of the biomedical engineering program, faculty, and research of relevance to the REU as well.