Our Nanotechnology and Biomedicine REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program attracted top students from across the U.S. to Athens this summer, including Grace Jeanpierre. Grace, a rising junior at San Jose State University, worked in Dr. Mable Fok’s lab where she helped refine a touch sensor for cardiac catheters. The next-generation device is designed to help physicians more accurately map the inside of a patient’s heart and more effectively treat problems such as irregular heartbeats. Grace plans to study bioengineering in graduate school and is especially interested in the nervous system and exploring connections between electrical engineering and medicine.
The REU program will provide an interdisciplinary research experience at the interface of micro-/nano-technology and biomedicine to undergraduate students from other institutions, leveraging the diverse interdisciplinary expertise, resources, and training opportunities in this area at University of Georgia (UGA).
Students will participate in interdisciplinary research projects that apply micro-/nano-technology to specific biomedical questions. Each REU student will be co-mentored by paired faculty from the nanotechnology and biomedical disciplines on a collaborative research project. In addition to a total-immersion, hands-on research experience, students will participate in enriching activities that will include ethics-in-science workshop; weekly career development seminars; research seminars; educational field trips; participation in conferences in nanotechnology and biomedicine.