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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Vist this NSF page to learn more about REU programs. If you have questions, please contact Andrew Smith at

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, created in 1987 by the National Science Foundation, supports students working on a specific research project with faculty, graduate student mentors, and other researchers. The NSF REU site “Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging” is offered through Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During this 10-week summer program, REU students perform hands-on mentored research in multiple areas that are fundamental to biomedical imaging and bioengineering, including:

  • Microscopic imaging
  • Medical imaging
  • Cell biology
  • Human physiology and diseases
  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Computational image analysis
  • Theory and simulation, and more.

Program includes

  • Hands-on mentored research and training in state-of-the-art facilities
  • $5,000 stipend and travel support
  • Room and board
  • Potential travel to the BMES Annual Meeting
  • Field trips, social activities, networking events, and professional development opportunities


  • Undergraduates majoring in any science, engineering, or math discipline
  • Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents enrolled in a U.S. college or university
  • Students from historically marginalized groups and women are strongly encouraged to apply

Faculty mentors, their research topics and lab links

Required application materials

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

REU highlight stories

Past REU Events

2018    2017    2016    2015



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Andrew Smith

Have questions or want to talk to someone to learn more about Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging REU? Reach out to our Program Contact.

The department of bioengineering is grateful to the U of I Graduate College for special assistance with the REU.

Vist this NSF page to learn more about REU programs. 

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation.