Education & Outreach

Student educational and outreach programs

Biodesign is positioned to provide benchside, hands-on research and educational experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty members regularly include research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in their funded research programs. Specialty educational programs ranging from a Ph.D. program in biological design to summer volunteer experiences for high school students are a regular part of our commitment to improving the educational experience of current and potential future Arizona higher education students. In addition, Biodesign regularly provides employment opportunities for students in operational areas (facilities, information technology, finance, human resources) that meet the time constraints of an undergraduate program of study.

Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars

Spend eight weeks working side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented scientists, clinicians and researchers in an environment devoted to neuroscientific biomedical research and clinical care.  Banner-ASU Neuroscience Scholars is a paid, eight-week training program open to top-achieving college undergraduate and graduate science students. Scholars work full-time on a research project under the mentorship of a Banner Research or ASU-Biodesign scientist to unlock medical and scientific mysteries in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, in a lab setting in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Research opportunities are divided into four separate tracks: Basic and Translational Neuroscience; Computational Image Analysis; Healthy Aging Research; and Brain and Body Donation. Each research track is correlated to a participating training facility.  As a part of the comprehensive program, Neuroscience Scholars also have an opportunity to: obtain hands-on training, attend educational seminars to boost their professional skills, learn about bioscience career options, practice scientific writing, attend social networking events, and create a scientific poster to showcase project outcomes and present their research at concluding symposium.

Scholars are expected to commit 35-40 hours per week to the program. A stipend of $125/week for a total of $1,000 will be provided upon successful completion of the program. The overall aim is to give scholars cutting-edge experience in biomedical and clinical research.

The program capstone is a formal research symposium with mentors and institutional leaders, where scholars present project results and reflect on what they have accomplished during their tenure at Banner Research or ASU. Select students are nominated to deliver oral presentations at the event.  Past participants have gone on to achieve success and shared impressive accomplishments, including scientific abstract and manuscript publications, earning top national student rankings, gaining acceptance into first-rate graduate and medical schools and receiving national awards and scholarships.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply to be a neuroscience scholar, please visit:

Graduate Education

Biodesign has been a longtime partner in ASU’s Biological Design PhD program, offered by the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. 

Program Highlights

The graduate program in Biological Design seeks to develop a new type of scientist by training students in core disciplines related to biology while simultaneously preparing them to participate successfully in the interdisciplinary research teams of the future.

The research emphasis is on projects that are use-inspired, contributing directly to solutions for important societal challenges.

This is a highly mentored, personalized program providing interaction with the large and vibrant research community at ASU and with partner organizations locally and nationally. Students are expected to complete the program in 4-5 years. Students accepted into the Biological Design PhD program will be supported as Research Assistants (RAs) in the first year of study and generally through the term of their studies. We offer competitive compensation and a great work environment.

What is Biological Design?

Biological Design attempts to mimic or harness natural processes by understanding the rules by which nature designs highly adaptable and efficient systems. It employs the latest advances at the intersection of biology, engineering and computing to meet these needs.

The Ph.D. in Biological Design seeks creative thinkers who align themselves not by academic discipline but by a desire to engage with others in advancing human health and quality of life.

  • Designed around the student with a highly-mentored approach.
  • Focused on goal-oriented research projects that address urgent societal needs.
  • Employing the latest advances in the biosciences, engineering and informatics.
  • Building the skills to engage as a team member in interdisciplinary biosystems research.

This program is a collaboration between ASU's Biodesign Institute, ASU's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Visit the Biological Design PhD program website.

Resource Links

ASU Graduate Studies Resources

Graduate Studies Online
Department of Bioengineering
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Computer Science
Department of Physics
School of Life Sciences

ASU Undergraduate Studies Resources

Department of Bioengineering
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Computer Science
Department of Physics
School of Life Sciences