Participate in cross-disciplinary research

Conduct independent research on a project at the confluence of engineering, physics, biology, and chemistry, gaining new skills, knowledge, and perspectives along the way.

Join a CEMB research lab

Gain exposure to the innovative mechanobiology research that is made possible through this unique NSF center. Work with expert labs in the field as they pursue cutting-edge discoveries.

Become part of the CEMB Network

Participants will become part of the CEMB’s nation-wide network of scientists and engineers leading the way in engineering mechanobiology.

Mentorship and professional skill-building

Participants will work closely with a graduate student or postdoc bench mentor, under the guidance of one of our faculty mentors. Those chosen for the program will also participate in lectures, outreach, learning lunches and other programming aimed at illuminating pathways, skills, and tools for a career in scientific research.

“I liked that my project was educational for me but also was important research for my lab.”
“The thing I liked best was working with the postdocs and graduate students in the lab.  I also liked having control and independence in my work.”
WU CEMB REUs 2018

Cohort Development

Program participants will live together in Washington University housing at no personal expense. Each student will receive a single room in an apartment adjacent to the campus and public transportation. Apartments will be located near each other to allow for maximum interaction and cooperation. The cohort will also come together for weekly professional development lunches and enjoy group outings.

Travel Support to Communicate Your Research

Students will prepare a poster a poster session. Funds are available to support travel to a scientific conference during the fall or spring semester for those whose poster abstracts are accepted.

“The lab groups were helpful and very friendly.  They were very nice about helping me with my first presentation.”

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Explore Career Opportunities in STEM

Through guided tours, REU participants will have the opportunity to visit industrial, academic, and non-profit partners to learn about real-world applications of STEM-related skills. Students will participate in workshops that develop professional and job-seeking skills. REU students will also be encouraged to participate in CEMB outreach activities that enhance teaching and lab instruction skills.

Explore WashU and the St. Louis Community

Expenses associated with relocating to St. Louis for the summer will be reimbursed by the program. In addition, participants will receive passes to the Sumers Recreation Center and the St. Louis MetroLink light rail system as part of their participation. Student apartments are located close to the University and to the popular Delmar Loop area, which boasts a lively shopping and restaurant district.

Get Paid to Perform Research

Each participant will receive a $5,500 stipend for food and other living expenses during the 10-week program. Up to $600 in expenses associated with relocating to St. Louis for the summer will be reimbursed. All participants will also receive $100 of Bear Bucks to purchase food at campus and nearby eateries.

Access to University Housing

CEMB participants will have access to Washington University in St. Louis summer housing. WashU ranks #1 on Princeton Review’s Best College Dorms list for the quality of our residence halls. In addition, WashU maintains many types of modern residential spaces, including apartments adjacent to campus.
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