Undergraduate and Pre-College Research Opportunities
NSF Engineering Research Centers
The center team is responsible for all outreach, culture of inclusion and diversity, and workforce development activities related to the College of Engineering and Computing’s NSF sponsored Engineering Research Center grants – Including Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), Young Scholars, and Research Experience and Mentoring (REM).
The Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Engineering Research Center (ERC) was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017. The goal of all NSF-ERC funded programs is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health and security.
The specific vision of our PATHS-UP ERC is to change the paradigm for the health of underserved populations by developing revolutionary and cost-effective technologies and systems at the point-of-care. The initial PATHS-UP technologies and systems are designed to help with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which are leading causes of morbidity and mortality world-wide.
As part of the PATHS-UP team, the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing provides research opportunities for undergraduate students, high school teachers, and high school students. Additionally, the Center supplements the ERC’s community outreach and culture of inclusion and diversity efforts.
Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU)
PATHS-UP provides summer research experiences for undergraduates (REU) to work at one of our four partner institutions (TAMU, UCLA, RICE, FIU). We are committed to recruiting, supporting, and engaging a diverse group of undergraduate students from across the nation and 1st year students from our four partner institutions in a PATHS-UP summer research experience. Thus, we are looking for students at all levels including first year students majoring in STEM. Additionally, students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM as well as student with diverse experiences and/or backgrounds are strongly encourage to apply for a PATHS-UP summer research experience.
Each student will complete a research project in one of the four PATHS-UP thrust areas with the goal of developing enabling technologies and advanced engineered systems toward better health for underserved populations. The student will be assigned a specific project in one of the four thrust areas by the PATHS-UP mentor and will use the engineering design process to identify and implement a solution. Students will gain leadership and communication skills as they learn to produce research results.
Summer 2021 REU dates: May 31 – July 30, 2021
Click here to apply now: https://pathsup.org/reu/
Research Experience For Teachers (RET)
Up to 2 teachers will be selected to participate in research at the PATHS UP FIU Center. Participants will gain experience under the guidance of an established research group by investigating a topic from a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines pertaining to the PATHS UP mission. Teachers will learn about cutting edge techniques and tools used in biomedical science and engineering, conduct a research study, and design curricular materials to use in their classroom. Join us for an interesting summer learning experience getting involved in research, your own study, and thinking about new ways to teach science and engineering. The K-12 educators will also work with the team to develop new PATHS-UP modules will be implemented at educational outreach programs, including Field Experiences, Engineers on Wheels, the Engineering EXPO, and Research Day. The program will be June 14, 2021 to July 30, 2021 at the FIU Engineering Center and the Modesto Maidique campus. Teachers will receive a $8,500 stipend for their work as an RET. The program is for US citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire six weeks of the program. Participants are required to attend all daily and weekly meetings, seminars, field trips and workshops.
Research Experience for High School Students (Young Scholars)
As part of the ERC, FIU PATHS UP labs host intensive learning experiences for high school students to address the shared goals of stimulating interest in and preparation for STEM careers, especially engineering. During their time in the lab, the Young Scholars will:
- Join the vertically integrated research teams
- Have the opportunity to receive mentorship and career advice from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-docs and faculty
The program will be June 14, 2021 through July 30,2021 at the FIU Engineering Center and the Modesto Maidique campus.
Apply now through FIU’s Summer Research Internship Program. Click here to apply: https://case.fiu.edu/opportunities/k-12-programs/summer-research-internship/
The Nanosystems ERC for Directed Multiscale Assembly of Cellular Metamaterials with Nanoscale Precision (CELL-MET) was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017. The ultimate goal of this NSF ERC is to advance nano-bio-manufacturing methods that could lead to large-scale fabrication of functional heart tissue which could replace diseased or damaged muscle after a heart attack.
As part of the CELL-MET team, the Center for Diversity and Student Success in Engineering and Computing provides research opportunities for undergraduate students, high school teachers, and high school students. Additionally, the Center supplements the ERC’s community outreach and culture of inclusion and diversity efforts.
REU Applications are due February 15th. Apply Now.
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