Undergraduate Research Opportunities
All bioengineering undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with talented faculty in a research setting at Mason.
Available Research Projects
Working with the brain simulator and enhancing an existing model of the basal ganglia by adding synaptic plasticity. Simulations cortical inputs and evaluates how synaptic plasticity influences basal ganglia output.
Term: Spring 2020
Stipend: No stipend offered
Applicant Eligibility Requirements: BENG 327 or NEUR 327 and python programming
Location: Krasnow Institute
The external knee adduction moment (KAM), which is used as a surogate measure of joint load, has been repeatedly associated with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) severity and progression. Prior research has shown an association between KAM and KOA severity as symptomatic individuals with greater KAM at baseline have demonstrated poorer outcomes at follow-up. Recent studies have investigated various gait modification interventions, designed to decrease KAM with the goal of reducing the symptoms and slowing down the progression of KOA. While initial results have been positive, the majority of these studies have employed quasi-experimental designs using healthy participants, severely limiting the generalizability of their findings to the target population. The purpose of this study is to address these limitations by comparing the effects of previously studied gait modification interventions on KAM in patients with KOA.
Term: Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020
Stipend: No stipend offered
Applicant Eligibility Requirements: Knowledge of biomechanics, bioengineering, and programming (MATLAB), as well as interest in anatomy and motion capture
Department: School of Kinesiology
Location: Science and Technology Campus
The objective of this project is to develop biosensors with high sensitivity in wireless, wearable platform based on laser photothermally induced porous graphene. This project aims to explore:
- synthesis of micro/nano structured atomic-scale materials via laser photothermal manufacturing,
- characterization of laser-synthesized structured graphene, and
- fabrication and characterization of electrochemical transducer devices for development biosensors in a flexible, wireless platform.
Undergraduate research assistant students will work together with graduate students as a team.
Term: Spring and Summer 2020
Stipend: To be determined based on skills and experiences.
Applicant Eligibility Requirements: Enthusiastic juniors and seniors who are interested in getting involved with undergraduate research.
Department: Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering
Location: Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (IABR) Manassas, 1024 and 1027, Science and Technology Campus