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:
http://www.lerner.ccf.org/bme/education/reu/handbook.html
or by contacting the BME education coordinator (Katie Root) at:
rootc@bme.ri.ccf.org or the project director (Dr. Bill Smith) at
wasmith@bme.ri.ccf.org

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 mentors/team mates.

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, Brian Davis

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