Symposium Program

Mission Statement

The College of Engineering REU Research Symposium at the University of Georgia provides a platform to present biomedical engineering research conducted by exploring the interface between nanotechnology and biomedicine. A diverse group of undergraduate STEM students from thirteen universities across and outside the country will share the culmination of their summer-long interdisciplinary research efforts. Their findings will contribute to scientific publications, inspire future projects, and provide the groundwork for continued exploration. This symposium is a credit to the success of an REU program designed to increase participation of underrepresented STEM students and encourage interdisciplinary research.


The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is pleased to invite you to the third annual College of Engineering REU Research Symposium. The symposium will begin at 8:00 A.M. on July 26th, 2018, at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences Auditorium.

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. This symposium will present research conducted at the intersection of nanotechnology and biomedicine to answer specific biomedical engineering questions.

The pool of scheduled speakers represents a diverse STEM student population. These fifteen individuals in undergraduate programs at thirteen universities from across the country have a range of majors including engineering, mathematics, and life sciences. They spent the summer collaborating with pairs of professors to take an interdisciplinary approach to their total-immersion, hands-on research. This symposium provides a platform for these students to present the culmination of their efforts. Their research will contribute to publications, provide the groundwork for more extensive exploration, and inspire new projects.

The research presented will cover a range of topics including the following:

* 3D Atlas of Zebrafish Central Nervous System using Light Sheet Microscopy

* AirCure: A 2in1 System for SLA Prints and Medical Applications

* Validating a Microfluidic Platform for Cancer Cell Migration Study

* Designing a novel microfluidic device to mimic the cortical  microarchitecture

* Design and Characterization of Pectin Hydrogel for Biomedical Application

* Stretchable fiber optics sensors for soft robotics

* Nitric Oxide Releasing Antibacterial Biodegradable Temporary Skin Template

* Determining Effectiveness of High v. Low Passage MSCs

* Metal Doping Carbon Dots for Noninvasive Cancer Treatments

* Portable Blood Flow Monitor using Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging

* The Characterization of Lipid Bilayers using DIB Technique

* Detection of Early Osteogenesis in Engineered MSCs with Second Harmonic Imaging

* Using HR-MAS to Generate Real Time Data for Mesenchymal Stem Cells

* Optimizing Microfluidics to Evaluate the Interaction Between CAR T Cells and Solid Tumors

* Nanoparticle Separation using Magnetic Force in a Microfluidic System