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    Dear list members:

    Through funding from the National Science Foundation (USA), up to eight
    undergraduate students per year will be eligible for a 6 month coop
    research experiences at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF). Areas of
    particular interest include biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging,
    blood pumps and cell separation. Each student will have his or her own
    research project.

    Details of the program are to be found at: or by
    contacting the BME education coordinator (Katie Root) at: or the project director (Dr. Bill Smith) at . While performing research at the CCF, the
    student will be part of the mentor's research team and have access to
    the facilities, support personnel and the equipment, as would any other
    researcher. A cash budget of $1500 for supplies is allocated
    specifically for the student's project. The project is expected to
    continue part time for another five to six months at the home
    institution, as a senior design project, honors thesis or as appropriate
    to that particular school. Ultimately, the project is expected to result
    in one or more papers in journal style, co-authored by the student and
    his/her mentors/teammates.

    The CCF offers its students a level of research experience that attracts
    participants from around the world. The Lerner Research Institute is a
    full time research organization, with no student body or degree
    offerings of its own. All trainees come from other institutions, and
    stay for varying periods of time. The student will be expected to
    participate in his research team's meetings and department seminars, as
    well as other professional activities. This program is focused on
    independent, individual research, but a number of formal classes will
    also be required. These include:
    * Responsible conduct of research
    * Ethical implication of research
    * Ethical use and care of laboratory animals
    * FDA regulations pertaining to medical device development

    Students will receive a salary of $12.00 per hour while at the CCF.
    During the follow-up part-time work at the home school, a stipend of
    $250/month is provided. Airfare for one round trip, at the lowest
    available rate will be reimbursed for each student. Basic eligibility
    requirements include citizenship or permanent residency, preferred
    junior status at the time of joining the CCF and enrollment in an
    engineering discipline appropriate to the research project to be
    performed. The student must have at least one semester or two quarters
    of schooling remaining after completing the CCF term. No hard grade
    point criterion has been established, but a student with the initiative
    and drive required by this program will normally be in at least the
    upper third of the students at the home school class. Currently we are
    especially interested in undergraduate engineering students who can
    start in the very near future.

    Regards, Katie Root.

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