ENGINEERING STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
In addition to pursuing self-directed research, Villanova Engineering undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty through the College’s seven research centers or in a variety of specialized research areas.
To find the research opportunity that is right for you, talk to your advisor or contact a faculty member who is conducting research in your area of interest.
Clare Boothe Luce Engineering Scholars Program
The Clare Boothe Luce Engineering Scholars Program (CBL-ESP) is a partnership program of Villanova’s College of Engineering and the Center for Research & Fellowships (CRF).
The goal of CBL-ESP is to inspire and prepare engineering undergraduates to obtain PhDs and pursue research-oriented careers in industry and academia.
First- and Second-Year undergraduates in the College are eligible to apply to CBL-ESP. The program features distinctive and sequential research experiences accompanied by intentional mentorship from faculty, alumnae and graduate students.
- First-Year Students
Your CBL-ESP experience begins with CRF’s Villanova Match Research Program for First Year Students (Match)*.
- Second-Year Students
Your CBL-ESP experience begins with CRF’s Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (VURF)*.
*Information about eligibility requirements and CBL-ESP specific Match and VURF opportunities will be made available in the Spring 2021 term.
CBL-ESP is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program and Villanova’s College of Engineering.
University and External Research Opportunities
You can learn more about undergraduate opportunities through the Center for Research and Fellowships. The Center can also recommend and assist you in applying to national and international research programs.
National and International Research Programs
The University’s Center for Research and Fellowships provides students with exceptional support to enhance their career trajectories through mentoring, research funding and assistance in winning competitive awards.
Villanova Engineering students have enjoyed national and international research opportunities through external programs, including:
- DAAD-RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) in Germany
- Fulbright grants
- Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies (GIANT) Innovation Campus in France
- International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences
- National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- Penn Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
“Research is teaching me more than just information about the problem at hand, it is honing skills that I will one day need when I leave Villanova.”
—Evan Bowers, Mechanical Engineering
“The freshman year cybersecurity project piqued my interest in threats to fingerprinting technology. I took my idea for an improved device to my professor (who became my mentor) and the department funded my research!”
—Lauren Henderson, Computer Engineering
“Conducting research at the GIANT Innovation Campus in France furthered my professional development and communication skills, exposed me to research in an advanced field, and allowed me to experience a completely different culture.”
—Brent Studenroth, Mechanical Engineering