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American Heart Association’s Summer Research Experience

Providing undergraduate students with an opportunity to look into the next generation of cardiovascular science and medicine via interdisciplinary experiences in both Regenerative Medicine and Biomedical Microdevices.

The Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts a Summer Research Experience for undergraduate students that is supported through an institutional award from the American Heart Association. The research experience partners with NC State’s Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI), which has an extensive track record of developing technical and professional skills for undergraduates. The program engages participating undergraduates with in-depth research topics ranging from cardiovascular stem cell therapies to novel microelectronic implants. The curriculum also provides students with a broad background in areas related to cardiovascular biology and medicine, research methodology and team science. Each undergraduate participant will work directly with multiple faculty members, including potential mentors from the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Textiles and Comparative Medicine Institute, and their associated research groups.

10-Week Program Includes:

  • Program dates: May 22 – July 31, 2024 (10 weeks)
  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Group social activities
  • Optional professional travel opportunities


  • $6,000 stipend

Tentative Research Tracks:

  • 3D Printing and Patterning of Vascularized Tissues
  • Hemostatic Materials and Blood
  • Organ-on-a-Chip
  • Extracellular Matrix and Tissue Engineering
  • Drug Delivery and Molecular Biology
  • Electroactive Biomaterials

Program Eligibility

This opportunity is available to undergraduate students at all stages of their undergraduate careers and from all institutions, including community colleges. Program eligibility requirements for participants include:

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science, engineering or related STEM curriculum
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • International students may only apply if currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. institution

How to Apply

Interested in taking part in our immersive experience into the lifecycle of biomedical innovations? Use the link below to apply now. Required application materials include: 

  • Personal Statement (max 2500 characters)
  • Research Statement (max 2500 characters)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • CV/Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2024