Clemson University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) are the home to a Research Experience & Mentoring (REM) site — From Biomaterials to Biological Tissues. This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was established as an additional educational component of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program.
The program is led by Prof. K. Burg (lead PI) at Clemson University, and Drs. Didier Dréau (UNC Charlotte) and Tim Burg (Clemson University). Educational and recruitment efforts are lead by Sue Lasser (Clemson University) and Jody Turner (UNC Charlotte).
The EFRI-REM program includes two semesters on research initiation and, for selected students, a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The program will successfully provide research opportunities and professional development to a cohort of underrepresented undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.
With an intellectual focus on tissue engineering, this program provides research opportunities that articulate with a range of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary areas, including cell biology, biofabrication, 3D tissue engineering systems and cell-active biomaterials. The REM program serves a diverse population of students to whom cutting-edge research experiences are not typically available and thus broadens the pipeline to graduate school for a wide range of students.