Bioengineering Materials Design & Processing

Innovation in materials design and processing requires not only a fundamental understanding of the interrelationships among structure, composition, processing, and properties, but also creative thinking and approaches. Creativity training is a necessary and fundamental component to building innovative capabilities in scientists and engineers, but is rarely part of traditional curricula. Building on MU Bioengineering’s established “creativity in engineering” undergraduate program, the REU Site will fill a critical gap in workforce development in materials design and manufacture, and address a national need for researchers who can solve complex, interconnected problems. Summer research projects will focus on understanding and predicting such relationships for micro- and nano-structured materials across a wide spectrum of applications, including sensors, batteries, reactors, and implantable devices. Student will learn a variety of approaches, including atomistic simulation, coarse-grain modeling, and materials design / fabrication / characterization techniques, in addition to proven, theatre-based approaches that will increase creativity and boost innovation. Projects will provide students with unique, marketable skills in computational modeling, materials science design, processing, characterization, and creative thinking.

A new program in the area of materials design and processing research has just been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation. Please check back for updates on deadlines and additional information.



Applicants are expected to have completed at least one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Students from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and institutions that support under-represented minority students, as well as under-represented students, are highly encouraged to apply.



Students live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also are provided with one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend.


Application Information

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Students must complete the attached application and provide: an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2018 grades); letters of recommendation (two preferred); a resume; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience, and research interests. Completed packets should be saved as a PDF combined into one document if possible and emailed to

2019 Materials & Design Application



The CamScanner app allows you to turn your smartphone or tablet into a scanner so that you can combine documents or scan in handwritten forms. Use the app to combine your files into a single PDF document.



Additional questions may be directed to Jenn Brown at at the Office of Undergraduate Research.