Apply now for the BTEC Research Experience for Undergraduates program

Published April 4, 2017

About the program

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) welcomes applications for the BTEC Research Experience for Undergraduates.  BTEC is a unique, cross-disciplinary instructional center that provides educational and training opportunities to develop skilled professionals for the biomanufacturing industry. During the summer program, students will actively engage in a research project under the mentorship of a participating faculty member.

Who should apply

The program is open to all rising sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering leading to a baccalaureate degree with a demonstrated interest in engineering. Applicants will be evaluated based on their statement of interest, resume, and letter of recommendation. Prior research experience is not required. North Carolina State University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including minorities and people with disabilities.

This program is only open to students enrolled in the College of Engineering.


This is a summer program that will run Monday, May 15–Friday, August 4, 2017.

Program activities

The BTEC 2017 REU program will include projects within the core areas of biomanufacturing: analytical development (e.g., assay development and in-process testing), downstream processing (e.g., chromatographic optimization, process optimization), and upstream processing (e.g., cell line development, cell scale-up).  Participants will pursue independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will also have multiple public-speaking opportunities to present their research, including a poster presentation at the campus-wide undergraduate research symposium at the end of the program.

Financial support

Stipend: $5,000 for the 11-week session


Applications are due by Friday, April 24, 2017 to be guaranteed full consideration.

The application requires uploading a personal statement and resume. Please have these ready prior to filling out the application form.

The one-­page personal statement should demonstrate why you are interested in science and research, your career and educational goals, and why you think this research experience would benefit you. Include any laboratory skills, research experience, awards, honors, or extracurricular activities you would like us to know about. Please also discuss preferred areas of research based on sample projects on our website.

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Dr. Nathaniel Hentz (