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Office of Undergraduate Research

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The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Computing Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is the primary resource for  faculty and undergraduate students who wish to engage in research.  Most of the College’s faculty members, and all of its tenure-track faculty, not only engage in research but also encourage their students to participate so you can apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world applications in cutting-edge research topics.

The College offers three primary ways for undergraduate students to participate in laboratory research.  One is our annual Undergraduate Research Awards, for which proposals are solicited in the fall semester, and for which the Dean awards funds primarily for supplies and materials.  Two is our annual Student Research Symposium, at which all College students are encouraged to present their work in research to industry representatives and professionals.  Some Symposium projects may be funded by industry, and a panel of judges awards significant prizes to the most impressive presentation.  Finally, many faculty direct working research laboratories in which students conduct research — you are encouraged to talk with any professor whose work you find interesting.

Go to the Faculty Research Interests page to see what our professors are researching right now!

What is Undergraduate Research?

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

What are the Benefits of Undergraduate Research?
  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Increases retention
  • Increases enrollment in graduate education and provides effective career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture