You’ve got your notes, your textbooks and a head full of equations and theories. But once you step out of the classroom, what then? One way to apply those theories before you step foot into the work world and also impress a potential employer is to get involved in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Program.
What this means to you
Undergraduate research generally begins during your junior or senior year, though freshmen and sophomores are eligible if a faculty researcher will agree to support them. In addition to gaining marketable applied engineering skills, you’ll have the opportunity to work with research faculty and graduate students, make your own research contributions and gain a true flavor of what it is to be an engineer. You may have the opportunity to be compensated for your efforts. Please work with your faculty adviser in regards to possible compensation.
- If you participate in the Undergraduate Research Program, you’ll be considered an employee of the university. You must see your department administrator to complete all necessary employment documentation before you begin work for your faculty mentor.
- The Undergraduate Research Program is not the same as Honors Research, for which you will be jointly enrolled in graduate school during the last 15 hours of your bachelor’s degree program. In Honors Research, up to six hours of your coursework can be used for graduate credit. Honors Research is administered through a 4995 course in your department (for example, MAE 4995). Find out more here.
Associate Dean of Academic Programs