Undergraduate Research

Many students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science pursue the opportunity to perform research in a faculty lab during their undergraduate years.

Students who are interested in participating in undergraduate research should talk to their advisors to determine what opportunities are available.

Research for credit during the academic year

Students can perform research with faculty members during the academic year and earn Independent Study credits to fulfill technical elective requirements in their major.

Sponsored research during the summer

Many students have the opportunity to stay at SU during the summer and perform research in faculty labs while earning a stipend, supported by corporate funding, research grants, NSF REU supplements, or departmental funding. These opportunities exist in all four engineering and computer science departments and typically require an application process.

NSF REU Sites in the College

The College participates in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The College currently has one site for Interactive Biomaterials and is working to add more in the coming years.

Honors Capstone research projects

Students enrolled in the Renée Crown University Honors Program are required to complete a significant Capstone research project over the course of 3 semesters. Engineering and computer science students typically do this by working in a faculty lab within the College.

Volunteer or work study research experience

Students who would like to perform research during the academic year but do not have room in their schedules to do research for credit can either volunteer to work in a faculty lab or potentially do paid research if they are eligible for federal work study benefits as part of their financial aid package.