NSF REU SITE: Interactive Biomaterials Program

Welcome to the Interactive Biomaterials REU Program.

2024 Program Dates:
June 3, 2024 – August 9, 2024
BioInspired Institute for Material and Living Systems | Materials Research Core Facility
Syracuse University – Syracuse, New York

The BioInspired Institute for Material and Living Systems is an interdisciplinary institute focused on research in biological materials, from the properties of individual cells, to their organization into tissues and organs, to the development of smart medical devices. The institute is a cohesive collection of highly collaborative faculty spanning eight (8) academic units, including faculty from SU College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Application is now open!

Apply now!

Your application, which includes a personal statement and transcripts, must be received no later than March 1, 2024 by 5:00 pm EST. We ask that your letters of recommendations are received by then as well.

Program Highlights:

  • Collaborative research on the campuses of Syracuse. University, Upstate Medical University, and SUNY ESF.
  • State-of-the-art research facilities.
  • Seminars, workshops, professional development, teambuilding and social activities.
  • REU Research Poster Session (students may be nominated to participate in the NSF REU Symposium)


  • Generous Stipend
  • University Housing
  • Meal Plan Supplement


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply


Students have the opportunity to do research in any of the following areas:

  • 3D Biofabrication/Bioprinting
  • Functional and Responsive Materials
  • Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine
  • Polymer Chemistry, Rheology and Processing
  • Theory and Modeling
  • Mechanobiology
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Stem Cell Based Therapies
  • Hydrogels
  • Biomaterials Composites
  • Soft and Living Matter
  • Medical Device
  • Biophysics
  • Cell/Materials Interactions
  • Developmental Biology