Student Research Opportunities
Mason's bioengineering students have the opportunity to search for life-saving answers to complex medical problems. Both our graduate and undergraduate students explore current research topics.
Our PhD students work side-by-side with top bioengineering researchers to:
- Develop a novel approach to predict aneurysm rupture based on computing blood flow patterns.
- Use the latest ultrasound technology to improve prosthetics for arms, hands, and legs.
- Put together maps of neuron connections in the brain to understand brain function and neurological diseases.
- Engineer new biomaterials and nanostructures to regenerate tissues and modulate the body’s immune responses.
Our undergraduate program culminates in a senior design project. One team of senior engineering students garnered national attention for designing a prosthetic hand that enabled a 10-year-old to play the violin. Another bioengineering team won first place for their advanced MRI project at a Biomedical Engineering Society undergraduate research competition.
All undergraduate students have the opportunity to do a senior design project, which are often sponsored by a company, government agency, or non-profit organization.
Other Research Opportunities at Mason
GMU Summer Research Fellowship: Mason Summer Research Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, so they can focus on dissertation or thesis research. The award's purpose is to foster greater professional productivity and to pave the way for timely degree completion.
Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP): Students work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions. They solve hypothesis-driven questions with the latest technology.
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP): The URSP supports juniors and seniors doing research for the academic year.
"We’ve created an initial prototype of a system capable of merging two well-known imaging techniques, which ultimately holds implications for advancing research in the field of bioengineering."
— Zachary Baker, BS Bioengineering ‘18