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The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC)

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The Venus Fly Trap displays complex mechanobiological functions.

Applications for the
2022 summer program will open in November.

How to ApplyLearn about the Research ProjectsLearn more about CEMB

CEMB recruits motivated undergraduate students for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.  Students participate in a 10-week, on-campus program, working in research groups at Washington University in St. Louis.  Students are matched to projects within a research group based upon their interests, educational background, and previous research experience.

Many projects are interdisciplinary and provide opportunities to develop research skills in the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and engineering. Students develop practical research skills: collaborating, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. Other aspects of the program complement the lab experience and are oriented toward professional development and career skills: seminars, outings, and professional and career workshops, including training in ethics, science communication, and knowledge transfer.

Research projects may be interdisciplinary and include such areas as:

  • molecular biology
  • cell and tissue mechanics in plants and animals
  • bioengineering
  • biochemistry
  • biophysics
  • computational biology
  • biomedical devices
  • nanoscale science and engineering