Biomedical Engineering and Informatics Summer Research Internship Program

The Biomedical Engineering Department and Center for Artificial Intelligence Research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine will offer several summer research opportunities in 2024 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 27 to August 2, 2024.A group of REU interns dressed in business casual attire for a photo on a staircase.

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.

View our 2024 Summer Brochure (PDF).

Learn more about the 40+ research projects offered and view our program's research project description list (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:

  • By the start of the program (May 27, 2024):
    • Must be 18 years or older.
    • Completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate education.
  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents, and international students who currently attend a U.S. academic institution under a J-1 or F-1 visa are eligible.
    • Note: There are a limited number of spots for international students due to grant eligibility.
  • Undergraduate and master’s students currently enrolled at an academic institution.
    • Wake Forest University, local colleges (WSSU, Salem College, etc.) and community college students are also eligible to apply.
    • If you graduate before the start of the program (May 27, 2024), you are ineligible for participation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on 4.0 scale).

Students from academic institutions with limited research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Submit an application online, including:

  • 1-pg personal statement.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Academic transcript(s).
  • One academic/professional reference required.
    • References are encouraged to submit an optional letter of recommendation.

Application deadline: January 26, 2024.

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Informational Sessions

Learn more about the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and 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.