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Gain Research Experience at BTEC

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BTEC provides undergraduates who are majoring in engineering the opportunity to gain research experience—and get paid for it—through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

About the REU program

BTEC accepts applications on an ongoing basis for its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation to provide research opportunities for undergraduate students. If you are selected to participate in this program, you will actively engage in a research project under the mentorship of a participating faculty member and receive a financial stipend.

Projects can be conducted during the following terms:

  • Spring: January 1 through mid-May
  • Summer: May 16 through August 15
  • Fall: August 16 through December 31

What's in it for you? Program activities

BTEC is a unique, cross-disciplinary instructional center that provides educational and training opportunities to develop skilled professionals for the biomanufacturing industry. As such, its REU program provides undergraduates with research opportunities that may not be readily available elsewhere. In addition to receiving a financial stipend, students participating in BTEC's REU program have the opportunity to work on independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor within the core areas of biomanufacturing:

  • Analytical development (e.g., assay development and in-process testing)
  • Downstream processing (e.g., chromatographic optimization, process optimization)
  • Upstream processing (e.g., cell scale-up and optimization), and
  • Cell-line development

Participants will also have the opportunity to present their research results at a poster session at BTEC and the NC State Undergraduate Research Symposium in August. In addition, students may be able to publish results from their research in a refereed journal or present them at a conference.

Eligibility

BTEC's REU program is open to current or rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions, and
  • Have declared a major in the College of Engineering

Applicants will be evaluated based on their statement of interest and GPA. Prior research experience is preferred but not required. NC State is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including minorities and people with disabilities.

How to apply for the REU program

The application requires uploading a personal statement. Please have this ready prior to filling out the application form. Draft a short personal statement indicating your career and educational goals, why you are interested in science and research, 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 our four core areas:

  • Analytical development
  • Upstream processing
  • Downstream processing, and
  • Cell line development

To submit your application, click the button below and complete the resulting form. Include your personal statement as either a Word or PDF file.

Internship opportunities at BTEC

For those who may not qualify for the REU program or are seeking employment that is not focused on research, BTEC offers paid internships on an as-needed basis. Use the link below to submit an application and indicate your interest in an internship rather than the REU program.

Apply now

Note: You must be logged into your NC State Unity account in your browser to access the application form.

For more information

Contact Krisstina Burgess, Ph.D., ksburges@ncsu.edu.

Learn more about the NSF's REU program.