Education

CEMB supports a vigorous set of educational programs designed to train researchers and educators in the new integrated field of Engineering Mechanobiology. Our programs are centered around the concept that integrated learning – crossing the boundaries of traditional disciplines – is lifelong.

The CEMB educational program encompasses PhD students in the physical and biological sciences, postdocs, faculty, undergraduates, and high school teachers, and provides an integrated exposure to the physics, biology, and engineering of mechanobiology across seven institutions.

Undergraduate Researchers

CEMB offers multiple opportunities for undergraduates to pursue research in integrated mechanobiology, both during the summer and during the academic year.

Graduate Education

CEMB seeks graduate students from across the scientific and engineering disciplines, and from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  Special opportunities are available at all sites for students from backgrounds that have typically been under-represented in the sciences, including the specialized mentoring that CEMB provides to ensure the success of all its trainees. Through Boot Camps, Innovation slams, and mini-sabbaticals, CEMB students gain a multi-disciplinary and immersive graduate education. 

Postdoctoral Trainees

CEMB supports and trains post-doctoral fellows, who have full access to the breadth of CEMB resources. CEMB post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to audit courses to broaden their scientific knowledge (i.e. in the biological sciences for physical scientists and engineers, and vice versa) and to participate in CEMB’s core course, “Principles of Mechanobiology.” CEMB post-doctoral fellows gain teaching and mentoring experience, including employment as teaching fellows in Boot Camp I and supervisory roles for REU students. CEMB Post-doctoral fellows have access to CEMB’s innovation training and knowledge transfers, and to opportunities for short “sabbaticals” in other CEMB labs to new techniques and approaches.

STEM Teacher Research Experiences

The CEMB supports a summer professional development initiative for high school science teachers around the interdisciplinary research across the broad themes of mechanobiology.  The goal is for teachers to (1) participate in a CEMB research project during the summer, (2) develop a personal curriculum plan with specific lessons and activities to use in their teaching practice the following academic year, and (3) participate in academic year workshops with the project team and other teachers. Previously developed lesson plans and resources are available for use here.