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Undergraduate Research Combat Casualty Care SIP in San Antonio


PTEI will not be accepting applications for 2013 undergraduate summer internships.

The Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI), Inc. invites undergraduate applications to its National Tissue Engineering Center (NTEC) Department of Defense component program, which will support undergraduate research internships for 6-10 undergraduate students during the summer to engage in US Army Medical Research and Material Command (AMRMC) medical research at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. 


Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Undergraduate Research Summer Internship Program in Combat Casualty Care and Wound Healing at the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research Ft. Sam Houston, Texas

2012 Summer Program Dates Announced:
June 1 - August 10, 2012

See the 2012 ISR Intern/Mentor Match List here!
pdf 2012 ISR Intern/Mentor Match List


Application & Details


For consideration, complete the standard application form (link at right) and submit along with a resume, research interest statement, official college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

These positions provide housing. Interns stay at the University of Incarnate. The University is app. 7 miles from the ISR and boasts a campus setting, and wonderful apartment accommodations. These are two to three bedroom accommodation, which are shared between 2-3 interns. The group is usually split evenly between male/female participants and the housing is split as such as well.

Interns are awarded a summer stipend of $3,800 and a $200 allowance to assist with travel to San Antonio.

More Info


PTEI began in January 1994 as a novel initiative designed to encourage the development of TE by uniting the scientific and commercial talent of the Pittsburgh region (Russell et al, 1999). Initially it was an informal network of scientists, engineers, community leaders, businesspersons, and others interested in fostering ultimately commercially applicable TE research within local universities. PTEI rapidly grew and consolidated as a free-standing enterprise, and it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in 1996. It is dedicated to establishing Pittsburgh as a national leading TE center and to advancing the field of TE worldwide. PTEI does this through targeted programs that support research, provide professional and community education, and facilitate interactions among academic medical centers, regional and national government, the Department of Defense, and industry. PTEI focuses on biomedical and related biotechnologies associated with engineered human tissues, including cell culture, gene therapy, organ transplantation and regeneration, biomaterials, tissue manufacturing processes, and computer-assisted analysis and design.

altIn recognition of the strength of this structure and the capabilities of the Pittsburgh region, PTEI received an award from the U.S. Department of Defense for establishment of the first National Tissue Engineering Center (NTEC), which services the Department of Defense as a venue for leading civilian and military scientists, clinicians, and engineers. This proposed ISR undergraduate research program will pair undergraduate students with US Army ISR researchers and will focus on providing undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in medical research all of which addresses the preservation, health, and safety of soldiers. Further, recognizing the relationship the ISR has fostered with PTEI through NTEC, participating undergraduates will further benefit from the PTEI NTEC/ISR collaborative by being invited to interface with PTEI NTEC researchers and other undergraduate interns who are participating in the pre-existing PTEI summer undergraduate internship program.  

Given the strength of the PTEI affiliate institute support structure as related to the NTEC and ISR collaborative, and its expertise in developing and implementing educational training opportunities for an array of learners, the undergraduate ISR program will provide a critical educational experience at a time when undergraduates are considering postgraduate training, career options, and the institutions and organizations to which they will apply for ongoing education and training.

PTEI is committed to extending Undergraduate PTEI Internships/Postdoctoral Fellowship positions to students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in science, technology and engineering fields, including: African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander descent, and disabled individuals.