University of Texas at San Antonio, Biomedical Engineering

General Info


 The Biomedical engineering Research for Active military and Veterans (BRAVe) program at the University of Texas at San Antonio is a 10-week summer research progrsam that engaged undergraduate students in research relevant to medical needs of active duty military or veterans. Themes includes identifying engineering solutions that enable regeneration, repair and control of damaged tissue; non-invasive monitoring of molecular, cellular and tissue recovery; and treatment of soldiers in the battlefield. Research within these projects cover the domains of regenerative medicine, brain health, and computational analysis & imaging – areas of significant emphasis by the Department of Defense, by new initiatives within NSF and NASA, and by a growing number of technology companies within Texas. San Antonio has the largest military healthcare and biomedical research operations in the United States. In addition, there are approximately 250,000 veterans and 80,000 active-duty military personnel living in San Antonio, providing an incredible environment for military medical research. The UTSA Biomedical Engineering graduate program provides the foundation for this REU program and consists of research projects that are collaborative with Army, Navy, Air Force and Veterans Research facilities, a unique environment for an REU program.

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Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of research topics
  • Weekly seminars
  • Research ethics
  • Social programs
  • Military/veterans outreach
  • Outreach and mentoring of K-12 educational program

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students should have a declared engineering or science (biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or physics) major.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students from community colleges and predominantly undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

  • Academic Transcript
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Two essays to the application form. The essays should be no longer than one page in length, single spaced, and font no less than 10 pt. A) How do you believe this program will contribute to your professional development and career goals B) why is biomedical research for military and veterans important?