Undergrad researchers from around the nation settle in with CBE’s BioMaP

Adam Carr, a student at Brigham Young University, works on his BioMaP REU project in Sweeney Hall.
Adam Carr, a student at Brigham Young University, works on his BioMaP REU project in Sweeney Hall.
BioMaP REU participant Michelle Thayer of Grand View University confers with CBE graduate student Russell Mahmood, one of her BopMaP mentors.
BioMaP REU participant Michelle Thayer of Grand View University confers with CBE graduate student Russell Mahmood, one of her BioMaP mentors.

Mentored undergraduate research is in full swing in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with the 2016 BioMaP REU program.

Twelve students from institutions around the nation have joined with ISU CBE faculty to participate in this novel nine-week research opportunity, formally known as the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates. Participants from North Carolina, Alabama, Maine, Iowa and more are spending their summer in Ames. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation.

This year’s participants were chosen from close to 70 applications received. Each student is paired with one ISU CBE faculty member with similar research interests. Participants also interact with department graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and members of industry and participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars and meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities and field trips.

Research topics offered this year include such things as work with nanovaccines to fight infectious diseases, specialized DNA imaging, biomass, the Artificial Pancreas Project (diabetes research) and more. Detailed information about the BioMaP REU program and this year’s research projects can be found here.