NSF

A Multiscale Approach to Biomechanics


A 10-week summer research program for undergraduates that focuses on a multiscale approach to biomechanics. This program integrates fundamental biological processes in health, injury, and disease with biomechanical research.

Objectives:

  • Examine how multiscale biomechanical research can translate into novel devices for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human injury and disease
  • Investigate mechanical properties of structures ranging from subcellular components, such as cytoskeleton structures, to the quantification of tissue properties and whole body analysis
  • Explore how biomechanics is a current multidisciplinary research theme which crosses many spatial scales, including intracellular and extracellular matrices, as well as tissue, organ, and multiscale organ systems

Features:

  • 10 positions available
  • Hands-on lab research
  • Close collaboration with graduate students
  • Training in research ethics, professional presence, and writing abstracts
  • Visits to related labs/organizations such as VBI, Carillion, and VTTI
  • Presentation of poster and seminar at campus-wide symposium

Program Provides:

  • A stipend of $4,250
  • Free housing/meals on campus
  • Funding for travel to and from Virginia Tech
  • Application waiver to graduate school ($75 savings)

Application Requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be and remain an undergraduate in good standing
  • Must plan to complete a degree program
  • Students will devote full time to research efforts and must not accept additional employment