student research opportunities

Cancer Research Summer NSF REU Program

The department offers a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, for students, not currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, to spend 10 weeks at UT Austin BME from May to August.

The name of the program is the BME Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars, or BME CUReS. The theme of the REU is cancer research with a focus on community engagement.

Visit BME CUReS Cancer REU site for more information and to apply.

As required by the NSF, current UT BME students are not eligible to apply for this REU. Search for another REU site

Research Opportunities for Current Students

Over 80% of our graduating seniors report that they have participated in on-campus or off-campus research for at least one semester.

On-Campus Research

BME students are provided with opportunities to network with graduate students and advised to discuss research positions with professors in BME. The advising office offers workshops in partnership with the BME Graduate-Undergraduate Research Union (GURU) student organization that matches students with opportunities in research.

Students have the option to earn course credit for on-campus research (BME 177, 277, or 377).

Off-Campus Research

Students who are interested in a career in research and development are strongly encouraged to participate in off-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. The advising office offers lists of biomedical-related National Science Foundation (NSF) REU programs, among the hundreds of REUs made possible by the NSF and other sponsors such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Students have the option to earn course credit for off-campus research (BME 377R).