undergraduate research program
About the Program
The IBNAM Scholars Undergraduate Research Program at the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine allows students to gain hands-on research experience in the exciting field of bionanotechnology. Students work with renowned experts in a new discipline that intersects the physical sciences, nanotechnology, bioengineering, and medical research.
IBNAM Scholars enjoy the benefits of professional development activities, a journal club, technical workshops, academic colloquia, and seminars. Depending upon the nature of the research topic, students who complete the program produce a scientific paper and a presentation or poster. Students learn a lot about the scientific process, grow valuable skills, and gain a competitive advantage while having fun.
- Engage in hands-on multi-disciplinary research projects at the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine on Northwestern's Chicago campus.
- Choose a mentor from Northwestern's top researchers in fields that intersect with bionanotechnology.
- Collaborate with and work alongside IBNAM's outstanding community of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical fellows.
- Work in stunning state-of-the-art laboratories, core facilities, and student space overlooking Lake Michigan on Chicago's Gold Coast and commute on the free and convenient Intercampus Shuttle.
- Learn how to conduct experiments, analyze research data, and communicate scientific results to your peers at IBNAM and beyond.
- Make a difference and a contribution to science, engineering, and medicine.
- Develop a pathway to graduate school, medical school, or a professional career.
- Cell and tissue culture techniques
- Cell imagining
- Biomaterials synthesis and characterization — peptide synthesis, scaffold fabrication
- In vivo sample characterization — histological processing, molecular biology techniques, biochemical assays
- In vivo animal models surgical procedures
IBNAM Scholars learn technical skills and valuable research techniques while working on their research projects, such as:
The Institute is also home to three Core Facilities that offer technical training and access to a broad range of research equipment, specialized facilities, and technical services. IBNAM Scholars have direct access to all IBNAM amenities in conducting their research.
The Equipment Core houses many state-of-the-art instruments that allow researchers to evaluate samples on cellular and molecular levels.
The Nanomedicine Cleanroom provides unique research space and equipment designed to integrate nanotechnology and microfabrication with chemistry and biology in a highly controlled environment.
The Peptide Synthesis Facility produces custom peptides synthesized at 0.1-2 mmol scales and purified by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The Core also offers a wide range of mass spectrometry services.
The IBNAM Scholars Program is perfect for undergraduate students majoring in science, engineering, or a premed program, but qualified undergraduates in any field who want to gain laboratory research experience are welcome to apply. We will make every possible effort to match qualified applicants with suitable IBNAM faculty mentors.
GPA of 3.0 required, GPA of 3.5 or higher preferred
Previous laboratory experience
Download and complete the application form.
Submit your application, CV, and transcripts per instructions on the application form.
Applications will be accepted at any time and reviewed promptly.
Decisions on admission will be communicated through IBNAM.
Register for independent research in your major.
Complete the experimental work assigned by your IBNAM mentor.
Produce a scientific manuscript based on the results of your experiments.
Present a talk or poster on your project at the annual spring Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition (applications are required and deadlines are typically in April).
Northwestern University has many resources available to foster undergraduate research. We encourage IBNAM Scholars to explore opportunities to connect with other student researchers and apply for funding to support their undergraduate research project. Check out these links for valuable information:
Although the IBNAM Scholars Program accepts applications at any time, these funding opportunities have specific deadlines.
Biomedical Engineering and Surgery
Biomaterials, biotechnology, tissue engineering, bone and ligament grafts
Self-assembling nanofibers, stem cell biology, tissue engineering
Materials Science & Engineering and Chemistry
Nanomaterials & nanoscale devices, imaging & microscopy, diagnostics, therapeutics
Nitric oxide vascular biology
Mussel-mimetic adhesives, biointerfaces & biofouling research, self-assembling nanosystems
Materials Science & Engineering and Transplantation Surgery
hybrid biomaterial scaffolds, soy-based biomaterials, mechanical & ultrasonic stimulation of cells in scaffolding systems
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Biomaterials for islet cell transplantation, nerve regeneration, non-viral DNA delivery, in vitro ovarian follicle maturation
Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, and Medicine
Biomaterials; nanoscale synthesis & devices; materials properties & characterization
Nanodiagnostics & nanotherapeutics for cancer & atherosclerosis; next generation translational nanostructures
Tissue engineering, organ regeneration & transplantation, cell-cell & cell-matrix signaling, biosynthetic polymers, stem cells & hepatocyte development, immune function
Assistant Director for Administration
Insitute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine