Training and Mentoring

The primary goal of our research-training program is to mentor underrepresented minority students to prepare them for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines. Our institute has vast experience in running multiple research training and mentoring programs (involving high school students, undergraduate students and K-12 teacher participants) that are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Some of the ongoing programs are:

  • Research Experience and Mentoring (REM)
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
  • ACS – REM Program Initiative

The IRE has distinguished faculty group in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering. Recruited participants will have the opportunity to select research projects in biomaterials science, stem cell science, nanotechnology, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. As recognized by NSF, we are one of the first groups to practice the concept of “team mentoring” where the investigators, postdocs and graduate students of the IRE come together and participate in research training and mentoring activities. With a unique combination of the strong investigator team and the emerging frontier research areas, we are striving to increase minority participation in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

Keshia Ashe works in a laboratory in the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at UConn Health on January 5, 2014. (Michael Fiedler for UConn Health)