Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) (Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian student)
About the program
The Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center (BMES ERC) offers a summer program for undergraduate students funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program is held in Los Angeles, CA at the University of Southern California. This program allows students to contribute to the development of novel biomimetic microelectronic systems based on fundamental principles of biology.
The BMES ERC invites talented undergraduates to participate in active research projects and work alongside our world-renowned researchers and students.
This is a 6-week program from June 27 – August 5, 2011.
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing as of June 2011, majoring in engineering (BME, EE, ME, CHE) or the related sciences. Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.
- Must be a Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Open only to non-USC students.
The BMES ERC is a strong advocate of diversity and actively supports NSF’s mission to increase the diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce by including all members of society, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, in all aspects of the centers' activities.
Students will receive:
- A stipend for the 6 -week program
- Travel support
- Personal mentoring by USC researchers and graduate students
- Valuable research experience in world-renowned academic laboratories
- Laboratory safety
- Research skills including lab notebook techniques
- Oral and written science and engineering communication skills
- Ethics in science and engineering
- BMES ERC faculty/graduate student seminars
- Tours of the USC campus and BMES ERC laboratories
- Visits to Caltech and industry partners
- Resume workshop
- Graduate/Medical school application workshop
- Fellowships workshop
- Summer Science Day at Murchison Elementary School
- Final presentation of research to fellow REU students, mentors, and BMES ERC faculty and staff
- Interaction with the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) ERC
- Social and cultural activities
A full-time REU Program Coordinator will be in communication with each REU student throughout the summer to assist and supervise with logistics, scheduling, etc. The coordinator will perform regular visits to the research labs and maintain a dialogue with designated graduate students mentors.
Applications and questions regarding the TCUP program should be directed to Diana Sabogal, Assistant Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity Programs. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.