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Multi-Site Undergraduate Summer Research Exchange Program
Hosted by CECT sites: June 1 - August 13, 2021
For Summer 2021, CECT will be hosting undergraduate students at each site - University of Maryland, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), and Rice University over a 10-week period for an intensive research experience in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. During this time, students will be able to take advantage of world-class facilities at each locations and have the unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by leaders in this field: Dr. John Fisher (University of Maryland), Dr. James Yoo and Sang Jin Lee (WFIRM), and Dr. Antonios Mikos (Rice University). This exchange-based program will enable students to participate in laboratory research outside their home institution and gain a broader academic and research experience. The programs at University of Maryland and WFIRM will be held in conjection with their respectiuve REU programs. Additional details regarding the summer program and application information are given below.
Fabrication of complex tissues is an important facet of regenerative medicine with enormous therapeutic potential, such as repair of damaged tissues or replacement of whole organs. Next-generation clinical therapies demand engineering strategies that successfully capture tissue complexity and heterogeneity on both the micro and macro scale. The Center for Engineering Complex Tissues (CECT) is an NIH/NIBIB Biomedical Technology Resource Center that aims to address this challenge by applying three-dimensional (3D) printing strategies to fabricate novel tissue engineered constructs with transplantation capabilities. CECT brings together research leaders at the University of Maryland, Rice University, and Wake Forest University, known for their strong bioengineering and biofabrication expertise, state-of-the-art resources, and translational experience. Students will work on Center-affiliated collaboration projects which may include the design and fabrication of bioreactors, characterization of 3D printing bioinks, exploring vascularized tissue constructs, or leveraging unique 3D printing capabilities for developing tissue engineered scaffolds. Student efforts will be geared towards advancing the center agenda and establishing the ground work for coordinated efforts in tissue engineering and 3D printing towards clinically applicable constructs.
University of Maryland and Rice University: June 7 - August 13, 2021.
WFIRM: June 1 through August 6, 2021
Stipend and Housing:
All participants will receive a $500/week stipend for their summer work, as well as full room and board on or near the respective campuses.
Interested students are encouraged to apply online by the application deadline of May 14, 5PM ET. Students will be informed of the decision no later than May 21, 2021.