Neurotechnologies to Help the Body Move, Heal and Feel Again

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Supported by NSF Award #1757949

Interested in gaining research experience in engineering?
Spend ten weeks this summer performing research in emergent neurotechnologies to help people with disabilities in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH — and earn a $5,000 stipend!

The Cullen College of Engineering (CCoE) at the University of Houston will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in the summer of 2020. The program is designed to inspire bright and motivated undergraduates to pursue graduate education and careers in science and engineering research. In the REU Neurotechnologies Program, participants will work closely with leading neural engineers and neuroscientists at the NSF BRAIN Center at CCoE and contribute to the development of innovative medical devices including diagnostics, neural interfaces, medical robotics and other ongoing cutting-edge research in neural, cognitive and rehabilitation engineering.

For more information on the REU program, click on the links on the top left of each web page.

Program Dates: May 26 - July 31, 2020

Basic Application Requirements

  1. U. S. Citizen or Permanent Resident status
  2. GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale
  3. Completed application, including an essay, received by March 16, 2020.
  4. Completed letter of recommendation received by March 16, 2020.
  5. Current unofficial transcript or transcripts received by March 16, 2020.

In the ten-week REU program:

  • Build research laboratory skills.
  • Develop written and oral presentation skills.
  • Gain training in safety and ethics.
  • Establish a professional network.
  • Learn to use state of the art neuroscience instrumentation.
  • Explore social activities in Houston!

Mediated Virtual Research Projects offered by the IUCRC BRAIN Center faculty:

  • Design and bench-testing validation of an EEG wearable 3D-printed headset for concussion diagnosis and other applications
    Mentor: Jeff Feng, Ph.D.; Associate Professor 
    Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture & Design
  • Towards Enhancing Human Performance: Electrodermal Activity and Human Performance Under Cognitive Stress
    Mentor: Rose T. Faghih, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
    Director, Computational Medicine Laboratory Assistant Professor
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Developing virtual reality software for visualizing brain vasculature
    Mentor: David Mayerich, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Director, STIM Laboratory: Scalable Tissue Imaging and Modeling
    Co-PI: NSF IUCRC BRAIN
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Deep learning for three-dimensional cell segmentation
    Mentor: David Mayerich, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Director, STIM Laboratory: Scalable Tissue Imaging and Modeling
    Co-PI: NSF IUCRC BRAIN
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Development of a Tendon Vibration System to Improve Gait in Individuals with Parkinson’s disease
    Mentor: Charles S. Layne, Ph.D.  Professor
    Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Neuromodulation to Improve Dynamic Balance in Stroke
    Mentor: Pranav J Parikh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Motor Behavior 
    Department of Health and Human Performance 
    Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation to reduce motor output variability in Aging
    Mentor: Pranav J Parikh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Motor Behavior 
    Department of Health and Human Performance 
    Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research
  • Matlab Simulation and Control: using path derivatives to improve performance of a magnetic microswimmer (tiny robot)
    Mentor: Aaron Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Matlab Simulation and Control: using flow information to improve performance of a magnetic microswimmer (tiny robot)
    Mentor: Aaron Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • The Neural Basis of Neuroaesthetics (Your Brain on Art)
    Mentor: Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE, Cullen Professor
    Director: Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab.
    Director/PI, NSF IUCRC BRAIN (http://brain.egr.uh.edu/)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) driven interactive art: neural dynamics style transfer in real-time
    Mentor: Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE, Cullen Professor
    Director: Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab.
    Director/PI, NSF IUCRC BRAIN (http://brain.egr.uh.edu/)
  • Your Brain on Acting: Neural Basis of Intentionality during Social Interaction in Theater
    Mentor: Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE, Cullen Professor
    Director: Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab.
    Director/PI, NSF IUCRC BRAIN (http://brain.egr.uh.edu/)
  • NeuroExo: A brain-computer interface for stroke rehabilitation
    Mentor: Jose L Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE, Cullen Professor
    Director: Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab.
    Director/PI, NSF IUCRC BRAIN (http://brain.egr.uh.edu/)
  • Accuracy and reliability of a novel multimodal wearable neuroimaging system
    Mentor: Luca Pollonini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Director, Optical Bioimaging Lab
    Co-PI: NSF IUCRC BRAIN
    Department of Engineering Technology
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Real-time software for 3D functional hemodynamics
    Mentor: Luca Pollonini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Director, Optical Bioimaging Lab
    Co-PI: NSF IUCRC BRAIN
    Department of Engineering Technology
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020

Completed applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage you to send application materials early. Each complete application will be acknowledged via email, and all applicants will be notified in April as to their status.

Stipend: $5,000

Students whose home residence is outside the greater Houston area will receive a travel allowance to offset transportation costs. All participants will stay in an on-campus apartment during the program (paid for through the REU program).

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Drs. Jose L Contreras-Vidal and Stuart Long // reu_brain [at] egr.uh.edu

 

Contact Information

REU Program Director
University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering
N207 Engineering Building 1
4726 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-4006
Fax: 713-743-4503
Email: reu_brain [at] egr.uh.edu (Neurotechnologies to Help the Body Move, Heal and Feel Again)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number (1757949). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed in this materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.
Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.