REU Program


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Engineered Materials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery

The Jacobs School of Engineering (JSOE) at UC San Diego hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in Biomaterials. The objectives of the program are to train undergraduates in basic research through challenging biomaterial-related engineering projects performed with research mentors from engineering departments across JSOE. Research areas include tissue engineering and 3D printing, bio-inspired biomaterials, biomaterial-stem cell interaction, nanoparticles, and drug delivery.

Program Highlights


  • $500 per week stipend
  • Free on-campus housing
  • Travel to and from San Diego and to and from the BMES National Meeting
  • Oral and Poster Presentations at UC San Diego Research Symposium (August) and BMES National Meeting (October)
  • Weekly research development workshops
  • Perform biomaterials research with program mentors (see Current Projects) Field trips and social events


Eligibility Requirements


  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time availability during the program
  • Students that will be rising juniors in Summer 2021 majoring in bioengineering, material science, chemical engineering, life sciences, or other related field are especially encouraged to apply
  • Participants must be 18 years of age by the start date of the program and completed at least 1 year of college coursework


Application Information


  • Major components of the application include:
    • personal and academic information
    • a personal statement
    • a copy of your unofficial school transcript (as a pdf)
    • contact information for one reference, and a faculty mentor preference.
  • All components of the application must be submitted before the deadline to be considered complete.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.


Program Contacts


Dr. Adam J. Engler, NSF-REU Site Director