Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

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The heart of student learning and discovery takes place in our interdisciplinary research laboratories.

The SBME offers hands-on experience for undergraduate and graduate students to work alongside leading researchers in the field. 

The SBME Interdisciplinary Research Areas & Interests are built on strong research programs in the colleges of Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Health and Human Sciences. SBME combines strengths in veterinary medicine, engineering, and the sciences to provide an interdisciplinary focus on improving health, fighting disease, and aiding persons with disabilities.

How to Join a Laboratory

Undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineering students at CSU have a wealth of opportunity to work alongside leading researchers in the field. Our research laboratories span four colleges: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Applied Human Sciences.

To join a campus research lab, we suggest utilizing the following tips:

  1. Learn more about the SBME Interdisciplinary Research Areas and choose an area of interest.
  2. Go to the SBME Faculty Directory page and search the directory by research area.
  3. Go through the list of faculty members in your interest area. Click on their homepage link and review their areas of expertise by reading a few of their papers (at least the abstract and conclusion).
  4. Choose three faculty members who you find interesting.
  5. Visit the Research Laboratories page to find the faculty members’ lab link.
  6. Email the faculty members stating your interest in working in their laboratory. Address how you will bring value to their lab and area of research. Be sure to attach your resume.
  7. If you do not hear back within 7 days, follow up with a phone call.

For additional assistance, visit the Engineering Success Center on the first floor of the Scott Building.

Initially, you can expect to volunteer in a laboratory. If there is a mutual fit and funding is available, the faculty member may bring you on for pay. If you have attained Work Study, be sure to mention it.

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Colorado State University SBME student, Katie Brown, works with a patient to fit a prosthetic in a clinic in Quito, Ecuador in partnership with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP). Photo Credit: Ellen Brennan-Pierce

College of Health and Human Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences