Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Featured Programs | Check Out, Reach Out | To Our Labs

The Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering participates in research programs designed to offer robust and engaging opportunities to undergraduate students with interests in the Maths and Sciences. Through our undergraduate research programs, participating students are invited into our labs where they will gain real-world experience working on cutting edge technologies with our world-class faculty and clinical partners.

Featured Programs


Global Mobility

OREC's Global Mobility program invites qualified students to participate in summer research and rehabilitation activities in designated outreach clinics located in Cali, Colombia; Manila, Philippines; Mexico City, Mexico; Mumbai, India; and Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at Marquette University and complete prerequisite coursework. Ideal candidates will have an interest in rehabilitation engineering and biomechanics. 

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Program for Undergraduate Research Experience

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) is an academic-year program that offers hands-on, in-lab experiences for undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college/university. PURE presents an excellent opportunity for students to be paired with an MCW faculty mentor who will provide varying levels of exposure to basic, translational and population research.

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Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) hosts roughly 25–30 participants each summer who are looking to further their education with a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. Participants must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies. 


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Summer Undergraduate Engineering Research Fellows 

The Opus College of Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is dedicated to enhancing the academic undergraduate experience by providing the opportunity to partner Biomedical Engineering students and faculty in an outside-the-classroom research experience. The program has been designed to include seminars on research-relevant issues and practice in research presentations. 


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Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this undergraduate research training initiative strives to increase the number of underrepresented groups aiming to pursue a Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or research career in a biomedical related field. This two-year program provides students with the opportunity to obtain "hands-on" research training and professional development while receiving tuition support. Sophomores from ALL majors who are committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical related field are eligible to apply. 



Check Out, Reach Out

For undergraduate students interested in participating in research in one of our labs, we recommend you check out and reach out.  

Check Out BME's Research Themes, Research Tracks, Faculty and Laboratories.  Read up on research currently occurring in our labs, including abstracts from published papers and supporting materials found online. Decide who you think you might want to work with or what you think you might be interested in learning more about! 

Reach Out to faculty members currently working on projects that you are interested in. Ask them questions about why and how they do what they do. If you are still interested in learning more about their work, ask them about undergraduate research opportunities in their labs!

To get started, learn more about:  BME Research Themes | BME Research Tracks | BME Primary Faculty | BME Centers & Laboratories

To Our Labs

The Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host undergraduate researchers in our facilities and lends special thanks to the laboratories and faculty working to facilitate these critical educational programs. For labs affiliated with the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering who are interested in hosting undergraduate students through one of the above-mentioned programs, please contact Denise Perea for additional details.