Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing Summer Research

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing


Program Guidelines for All Students

Why Should I apply?

If you have ever considered a career in research, an undergraduate research experience is a great place to start. Our program gives you the opportunity to work side by side with our faculty and graduate students in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI to investigate a broad range of important and interesting problems at the forefront of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. 

Not only will you gain valuable hands-on experience, you will also have the opportunity to see first hand some of the world class research underway at RPI and find out how discoveries made here help benefit society. 

We will help you learn more about research careers and show you how to create a winning graduate school application. You will also have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and interact with dozens of fellow undergraduate researchers from all over the country. At the end of the program, you will get a chance to present your findings at a poster session 

What Will I Do?

Serious about research? So are we. You will have a choice of cutting edge projects to suit just about any interest. Examples of project areas include: 

  • Increasing Stability of Transplanted T-cell Population by Predicting Cytokine Stimulating Levels Through Neural Network Model 
  • Construction of Plasmid-based Expression Vectors for Bacillus megaterium 
  • Frequency Dependent Properties of the Intervertebral Disc 
  • Kinetics and Associated Toxicity of Amyloid-β1-42 Aggregation with α-B crystalline 
  • Dental Cleaning with Ultrasound 
  • Quantification of Catalase-Powered Janus Nanoparticle Diffusion 
  • Non-contacting Material Characterization of Novel Nanofibrous Biomaterials using Digital Image Correlation (DIC) 
  • Printing Endothelial Cells in Alginate Beads 
  • Machine Learning for Autism Diagnostics

Many of our students go on to present their results at national and international conferences, and publish them in scientific journals. This can really look good on your resume! 

How Does it Work?

Each participant will receive a stipend of $5,000 for participation in the ten-week program held during Summer 2018. Additional benefits include housing, meal and travel allowances, participation in campus-wide REU activities, and full access to university recreational facilities. 

To participate in the program, students must: 

  • Be US citizens or permanent residents 
  • Have a desire to participate in research 
  • Be majoring in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering or a related discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, or another field of engineering) 
  • Have a 3.3 GPA or greater and have junior or senior status with at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) completed toward their degree by the start of the program 
  • Provide application and all required supporting documentation by specified deadlines 

Application Requirements and Instructions

Application Procedure

1. Each student applicant will submit
                 a. a completed application form (below)
                 b. one faculty recommendation letter
                 c. a resume 
                 d. a current official transcript
Each of these required items can be directly uploaded using the application form below. If you are unable to upload any of documentation, it can be emailed directly to 

Be sure to include keywords for your research area(s) of interest. Examples of keywords can be found on the BME and CBE web pages:,
This description will aid in pairing applicants with faculty mentors. It is not the intent of this activity to stimulate "student generated" research ideas; rather, the purpose is to seek contributions to ongoing faculty research areas.

2. Each application will be reviewed after the application deadline. Announcements of acceptance will be made no later than mid-April.

Student Requirements

1. Students selected for grant support may not be enrolled in additional courses during the summer.
2. Research hours to be worked and other requirements are determined by individual faculty member’s group a student is assigned to.
3. Each student will be required to participate in REU-wide leadership development events. The REU also includes a number of social events; participation in these is recommended but voluntary.
4. Each student will be required to prepare an abstract, final paper and a poster presentation describing the results of his/her research program.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2019 is FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019. 

Visit our website for more information: 

or contact:

Professor Juergen Hahn
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180 
voice: 518-276-2138
fax: 518-276-3035


Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.