Students in the College of Engineering are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. There are many benefits to working on research with a faculty lead research project including:
- The opportunity to work on a leading edge project whose impact could be worldwide and can lead to patents and publications;
- The opportunity to interact with some of the most informed and learned professors in the world;
- The opportunity to work with other undergraduate and graduate student researchers on cutting edge research teams.
Undergraduate students can work on research projects for academic credit during the academic year or during the summer by taking an independent study elective. Students can alternatively be paid as research assistants; paid positions are most often undertaken during the summer as a research internship. Paid researchers cannot receive academic credit for their work.
If you are interested in undergraduate research, the first step is to identify a faculty member who currently directs a laboratory or is working on a project or that might interest you. The second step is to contact the faculty member to receive more information and to inquire about a possible position. For summer internships, it is advisable to start the dialog with a faculty member early in the spring semester or even in fall semester. Positions are typically filled shortly after mid-semester in the spring.
You can visit the College research pages for a summary of some of our exciting research.