The BE STARS program seeks to increase undergraduate student retention and matriculation to graduate school through undergraduate research in bioengineering faculty labs. Each student will be awarded a $6000 stipend plus $500 for supplies. The program will run for 10 weeks, and program participants will work 40 hours per week in the lab.

The program will include:

  • Research in a faculty member’s lab
  • Weekly seminars covering topics such as best practices for research, applying to graduate school, and life as a graduate student
  • Mentorship in the lab by PI, postdocs, and graduate students
  • End-of-program student presentations
  • Social activities for program participants

Participants will research and learn from faculty in the areas of bioimaging, biomaterials, biomechanics, biosensors/bioelectronics, neural engineering, or systems biology.

The program will run from May 22 to July 28, 2023. Students are expected to commit to 40 hours per week of research in the lab and are not permitted to take summer courses.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate student with an anticipated graduation date of fall 2023 or beyond
  • Willing and able to commit to the 10-week program that runs May 22 through July 28, 2023
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Student Application Process:

Submit the completed application and all supporting materials by January 31, 2023. No late applications will be accepted. The Application Form must be completed in its entirety. (update “application form” with below Qualtrics link)

Items required in the application include:

  • Contact information
  • Research experience, if applicable
  • Up to three faculty with whom you would like to work (Please do NOT contact faculty at this time.) You may review faculty and their research areas at
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum major GPA of 3.0
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of interest in biomedical engineering research
  • Statement of long-term career goals
  • Contact information for two people who can provide a recommendation (at least one needs to be a faculty member)


Please contact [email protected] with any questions.