Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students in the CIE department are welcome to participate in research projects with faculty and graduate students. Students are encouraged to contact faculty whose research topics they find interesting.  Undergraduate research experiences may be on a paid or volunteer basis. Students can also perform research for credit by enrolling in independent study.

Undergraduates may participate in research during the academic year or during the summer. In the academic year, students typically work on research projects 5-15 hours per week. If the research project has external funding, undergraduate students can apply the work-study awards that are part of their financial aid package.

The CIE department also has many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects during the summer. Paid research internships include:

Stevens Fund Internships

Each year, 2-4 CIE students are selected for these internships, which carry a stipend of $1,500-$2,500.  This stipend may be supplemented by additional funding from the research account(s) of the supervising faculty member.

O’Brien and Gere Internships

Up to two CIE students are selected each year for these internships, which support research experiences in environmental engineering. These internships include a stipend of $2,500, which may be supplemented by additional funding from the research account(s) of the supervising faculty member.

NASA Earth System Science Internships

Up to two CIE students are chosen each year as NASA Research Fellows.  These internships, which carry a stipend of up to $4,000, are awarded to students who wish to work with environmental engineering faculty on projects related to Earth System Science. The stipend may be supplemented by additional funding from the research account(s) of the supervising faculty member.

 

Internships Funded by Research Grants

Individual faculty members may offer paid summer research experiences, which are supported by research grants. These opportunities are offered at the discretion of the supervising faculty member. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members whose research areas they find particularly interesting.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs

The National Science Foundation provides funding for undergraduate students to be given the opportunity to become involved with research projects each summer.  There are REU sites across the country from Maine to California.  Each site consists of a group of undergraduates, each of whom are assigned to work on a specific research project at the host institution.  The students work closely with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students, while socializing with each other at seminars, lunch meetings, and social functions.  Students are granted stipends, and in some cases assistance with housing and travel. More information can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/start.htm. Information regarding the Interactive Biomaterials REU Program intended for Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physics majors.

Urban Water Undergraduate Research Program: Hydrologic Processes and Sustainable Management

Undergraduate students majoring in the sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply for the Urban Water undergraduate research program at Syracuse University. This unique program trains students in research techniques in water science and engineering, through independent research projects focusing on hydrology, water quality and sustainable water management conducted in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and open research environment.

The program helps students develop professional skills, particularly on effective science communication, and builds a mentoring “pipeline” in which undergraduates serve as mentors to middle and high school students while being mentored by faculty advisors.