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Thank you for your interest in the Rehabilitation Engineering to Advance Ability Laboratory. Please see the descriptions below for information on how to participate in a study, collaborate with us, or join the lab!

Participate in a Research Study

We are actively looking for individuals with spinal cord injury to participate in research studies involving upper limb function and non-invasive brain stimulation. Research participants will be compensated for their time. Click here for further study details and inclusion criteria.

Become a Graduate Student

Graduate students are the backbone of our research lab, and we are always looking for talented individuals to strengthen our team. The number and types of positions vary from year to year. If you are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering at VCU, please see the admission requirements and more information about our Graduate Program. If you are in interested in pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering at VCU, please see the admission requirements. Also, please reach out to Dr. Peterson ( regarding any questions you may have about our lab’s research and open Ph.D. or M.S. positions in the lab. Then, once you have decided to make the wise choice, you can apply to our program!

Become an Undergraduate Researcher

We are excited to continue to involve undergraduate students in research! If you are interested, please view this detailed document on guidelines, expectations and how to apply.

Become a High School Student Researcher

If you are junior in high school, please consider applying to the Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI) program. The DERI program aims to enhance high school students' exposure to engineering research while, providing opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop skills in mentoring. High school students in their junior year who are interested in engineering or computer science may apply for this one year program, which begins in the summer and continues throughout their senior year.

What you can expect from Virginia Commonwealth University: A highly collaborative, collegial, diverse, and interdisciplinary environment in an urban setting. A challenging and rewarding academic and research program, amongst a community of talented and supportive students and faculty.

What you can expect from Dr. Peterson: The enthusiasm, support and mentorship of a professor who is motivated to help you succeed as a researcher, engineer and person.

What you can expect from Richmond, VA: An enjoyable life! If you enjoy the arts, food, nature, and/or outdoor adventure, you will be happy. Richmond (also known as RVA) has a great music scene, the most amazing street art, the James River Park System, breweries galore, and much more. Get to know RVA!

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