A serpentine robot walker is adjusted by a BEAM undergrad

Getting involved in BEAM research

BEAM encourages undergraduates to get hands-on in our cutting-edge laboratories. Students work alongside researchers on projects like investigating new biomaterials for cardiac stem cell delivery, identifying neuronal circuits active in a mouse model of empathy, and simulating blast-related traumatic brain injury. 

Undergraduate research opportunities and experiences

BEAM offers a variety of avenues and opportunities for our undergraduates to get involved with research:

  • Bioactivity: This highly interdisciplinary biomedical engineering design team brings together undergraduate students from a variety of engineering backgrounds and majors. With an aim of finding and fixing real-world problems, Bioactivity frequently competes in (and wins!) both design and entrepreneurial competitions at Virginia Tech and beyond.
  • Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter: This student group, although not yet an official BMES chapter,  frequently collaborates with BEAM's biomedical engineering research faculty.
  • Opportunities within faculty labs: BEAM occasionally offers research opportunities for undergraduates within our faculty research programs. These positions tend to be highly competitive. Contact undergraduate advisor Amanda Sandridge for more information and availabilities.

Senior design projects

BEAM undergraduates are actively engaged in a wide variety of senior design projects that allow them to explore specific topics  while gaining laboratory experience and having the opportunity to make an original contribution to the field.