Undergraduate Education

Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program (BE-SURE)

The application cycle is closed for Summer 2024 program. Accepted students have been notified. 

This program is designed to introduce undergraduate students to research and applications at the interface of engineering and the life sciences. In addition to undertaking a research project in an academic lab, students will also receive basic training and experience in communicating their research findings.

Students will also be exposed to academic and industry career paths in Bioengineering. Student participants will be part of a cohort of 20-30 other students working on a range of Bioengineering research projects across campus. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a cohort of Princeton undergraduates interested in Bioengineering (including a new Princeton iGEM team), participate in activities including an industry visit, tour of Princeton Innovation Center Biolabs (PICB), training in best practices in scientific communication, and participate in an end of year poster session and reception.

This is a 9 week residential program inclusive of stipend, meals, on-campus housing, and a $1,000 research budget.  Rising sophomores through rising seniors are encouraged to apply. This program is open to Princeton and non-Princeton students (must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply). 

Interested students should submit the following information via the BE-SURE application form. All documents must be a .docx or .pdf file. 

  • CV
  • Research plan 
  • Concept budget for research funds 
  • Faculty mentor endorsement (Letter from PI confirming available lab space and project endorsement). Faculty member must be associated with the Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute.  
  • Confirmation of time commitment (Need a document stating you are able to commit to the 9 week residential program)

**Note: Acceptance to the BE-SURE program will be determined by a number of factors including overall space in the program and the number of trainees supported per sponsor. A sponsor letter does not guarantee acceptance in the program.

For more information, visit Office of Undergraduate Research



iGEM is an international synthetic biology competition, where undergraduates design a project and engineer living cells to perform new functions. The Princeton BioE iGEM team is a 1-year time commitment for ~10 students. The team will participate in the competition by designing a research project over the spring semester and carrying it out in the summer, before traveling to present it at the iGEM Jamboree in the fall.

For more information, contact Jared Toettcher, Deputy Director, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology.

Contact information

Jessica Varela, Manager of Educational Operations, Outreach and Events