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Program overview

The REU program at the University of Kentucky provides a 10 week multidisciplinary summer research and education experience for rising junior and senior undergraduates in the area of Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. The University of Kentucky currently has a National Science Foundation IGERT program in this area, and therefore, the REU students will not only have the opportunity to interact with REU faculty but will also interact with IGERT graduate trainees through research, special seminars, and other technical and social activities.

Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices focuses on the novel design of architectures that interact with biological systems and promote a desired response. These advanced architectures have numerous applications ranging from tissue engineering, to sensing systems, to drug delivery. REU students will have the opportunity to learn about three cross-disciplinary research themes that form the foundation of the research in this area. They include 1) “Novel Bioactive Architectures”, 2) “Cell/Protein Interactions at Interfaces”, and 3) “Integration into Devices”.

The program involves faculty and graduate student mentors from various academic programs including Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. View 2013 sample schedule. Read previous REU participants’ blogs for 1st hand accounts of the REU.