Eligibility and Application

Apply for the Summer 2024 WPI BME REU Program

Inquiry form – fill this out to receive application reminder emails

We will begin reviewing applications on or after February 1, 2024 and continue reviewing until all positions are filled. The first round of accepted student notifications will begin around March 15, 2024 and continue until all positions are filled. Selected students will be asked to confirm within one or two weeks of notification to ensure all program spots are filled. The anticipated program dates are Tuesday, May 28, 2024 through Friday, August 2, 2024.


According to the National Science Foundation, to be eligible for this program at WPI, a student must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States or a U.S. Territory/Possession.
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.
    • Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.
    • High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate.
    • Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate (i.e. students should not apply if they will complete the bachelor’s degree prior to Summer 2024).

Individuals that meet these criteria, and that are interested in Biomedical Engineering.

Individuals from populations conventionally underrepresented in the STEM fields are particularly encouraged to apply. We place a strong emphasis on recruiting students from traditionally disadvantaged groups: racial and ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and students from low socioeconomic status communities.

Application: Link to application

Recommendation letters:

You are required to include two references that can provide a recommendation letter, with at least one from your home institution (where you are currently going to school).

Picking recommendation letter writers can be challenging, and here are some ideas: teachers or professors that know you well from one or more classes, guidance counselor or a faculty academic advisor that can speak to your progress as a student, advisors or leaders from a community or student organization that you are involved with, boss from a current or recent job that can speak to your work ethics and reliability. We are interested to know how participation in this program will make a positive impact on your academic and career pursuits. Someone that knows you well and can highlight specific attributes would be a good letter writer. Make sure you ask your potential letter writers early in the application process, so they have adequate time (>2 weeks, some people like more, we suggest >4 weeks if at all possible).