Biomechanics & Biological Transport

Our REU is a nine-week summer research program for undergraduates that integrates fundamental biological processes in health, injury, and disease as well as fluid-based biological transport in the environment -- from combined engineering and biological perspectives.

Example Objectives:

  • Examine how multiscale biomechanical research can translate into novel devices for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human injury and disease
  • Investigate interdisciplinary research in transport from an engineering perspective applied to fluid-based environmental and physiological problems
  • 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


  • Eight positions available
  • Hands-on lab research
  • Close collaboration with graduate students
  • Training in research ethics, professional presence, and writing abstracts
  • Visits to related labs and organizations
  • Presentation of project at campus-wide summer undergraduate research symposium

Program Provides:

  • A $5,000 stipend
  • Full room and board on the Virginia Tech campus
  • Funding for travel to and from Virginia Tech

Application Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. 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