Future Students

Information for Prospective Students

The MBL is often, but not always, looking for new students to join our research group!  Several types of opportunity are available.  In every case, the first step is to understand what we do. The second step is to contact Dr. Troy.

1.  PhD Students  If you are interested in joining the lab as a doctoral student, you should contact Dr. Troy and discuss the availability of these positions within the group, due to a finite amount of funding.  Prospective PhD students must also complete the standard application for Graduate Admissions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at WPI.  Typically, a PhD will take 4-5 years to complete after a Bachelor’s degree, so you MUST LOVE WHAT YOU DO.  Your undergraduate degree should be in either an engineering discipline (Mechanical or Biomedical preferred), or could be in a related discipline such as mathematics, physics, or kinesiology.  If you do not have an engineering background, you must have good working knowledge of: differential equations, matrix algebra, statics, dynamics, and deformable bodies (please direct “do I fit?” questions to Dr. Troy).  You may have an MS degree already, or may only have an undergraduate degree.  Some prior research experience is good (undergraduate is fine).

2. MS Students (Thesis option)  If you are interested in joining the lab as an MS student, you should speak with Dr. Troy as early as possible about a project.  An MS degree typically takes 2 years and includes the completion of a Master’s Thesis in the lab. Your Undergraduate degree must be in an engineering discipline.  You must complete the standard application for Graduate Admissions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering at WPI or already be a Masters student in the department.

3. MEng Student (Non-thesis option)  If you are interested in completing a project or independent study in the lab for a 6-12 month period of time during your Masters coursework, please contact Dr. Troy.  You must be a Masters student in the department.

4. Undergraduate/Summer Researcher  The laboratory typically has 2-3 undergraduate students work half- to full-time in the laboratory on research projects.  This is a great way to get some research experience, gain some new skills, and decide whether graduate school is in your future!

5. Undergraduate Student Researcher, Academic Year  This possibility is available for WPI undergraduate students only, and is a great way to gain some research experience.  Dedicated academic year students are often invited to work over the summer as well.