The application period has closed.  Offer letters will be sent to selected students the week of March 22, 2021.

What do you ASPIRE to be?

The mission of HERL is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. The ASPIRE REU program is designed to promote greater involvement and understanding of Rehabilitation Engineering and assistive technology – while fostering an understanding of the problems faced by individuals with disabilities.  This results in a greater ability to apply engineering principles to improve the quality of life, which promotes a higher degree of inclusiveness and greater functionality for people with disabilities.

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ASPIRE Program dates: May 17, 2021 – July 22, 2021

Rehabilitation engineering employs a systematic approach to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. ASPIRE research efforts in rehabilitation engineering are focused on identifying and addressing problems critical to achieving and maintaining the highest possible level of function in areas related to mobility, communications, sensory (e.g., hearing, tactile, vision), and cognition and in activities associated with employment, independent living, and education. Each ASPIRE participant will work directly with HERL faculty and graduate students to help transform the lives of individuals with disabilities. The ASPIRE program provides an exemplary mentoring and resourceful environment that enables undergraduate students to transition from dependent to independent thinkers, develop a sense of excitement about entering an engineering or technical field, and be well prepared for their future careers.

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ASPIRE provides:

  • Seminars and workshops to augment the research experience
  • $4,750 stipend


  • Undergraduate students majoring in science, engineering, math, and computer science
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities, women, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply

2021 Project List
(additional projects will be added in January 2021)
Past Projects
Sample Program Schedule
ASPIRE Program Resources
Mentor Resources

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