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REU Site: Engineering Tools for Disease Diagnosis and Treatment


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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

Description:
The REU site located at Washington State University (WSU) will train 9 undergraduate students over 9.5 weeks in summer to design, fabricate and utilize engineering tools to diagnose and treat divers ubiquitous and emerging diseases. While performing hypothesis-driven research, students? skills in experimental design, problem solving, quantitative reasoning and communication will be improved. Our students' cohort will be diverse, including males and females, juniors and seniors, and students often underrepresented in STEM fields. To broaden minorities' participation in our program, we will utilize existing ties with researchers at Morehouse College and Howard University to recruit students of African American descent. In addition, we will recruit Hispanics and Latinos through a unique relationship with Walla Walla Community College. Finally, we will partner with an NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate-Transformation program at WSU to recruit American Indians.

Students will be mentored by a diverse team of research faculty consisting of 6 males and 3 females, representing several interdisciplinary backgrounds and ethnicities with established records in mentoring undergraduates in their coursework and research. Our REU program has six goals in research and technical as well as professional development. These are to: 1) provide scholars with hands-on research activities focused on developing engineering tools for disease diagnostics and treatment, 2) increase our scholars' awareness of emerging grand challenges to global health, 3) strengthen the academic credentials and technical skills of participating scholars, 4) clarify career paths for REU scholars, 5) diversify the pool of talented students interested in STEM fields, and 6) broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. To achieve our goals, students will participate in mentored, hypothesis-based, research projects that address health problems with real-world relevance. These research experiences will be intertwined with a set of technical seminars that expose students to cutting edge, engineering research tools used in disease diagnosis and treatment. Activities such as entrepreneurship and proposal writing will be used to develop students' professional skills.


Application Deadline: 2/16/2018
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Program Dates: 5/29/2018 - 8/3/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Washington State University (Lead)
Howard University
Morehouse College

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioengineering
Biomedical Engineering
Biotechnology
Cellular Biology
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Epidemiology
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Microbiology
Nanotechnology
STEM Fields

Keywords:
Bioanalytical Sensors
Biochemical Engineering
Biofilm Engineering
Biofuels
Cancer
Diabetes
Nanobiotechnology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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