A variety of undergraduate research opportunities are available at the University of Minnesota. You can work directly with College of Science and Engineering faculty members on new discoveries in state-of-the-art facilities.

Research opportunities:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

More than 200 CSE students each year work on research projects in various departments through UROPs. Participating in a UROP gives you the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on a research project. UROP students receive up to $1,400 in stipends and up to $300 for project related expenses.

To apply, you need to identify a faculty mentor and create a research proposal. Proposals for UROP projects for Spring 2016 are due Monday, Oct. 5.

Learn more on the UROP website.

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation funds research programs at institutions throughout the nation. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU site may be within the U.S. or abroad.

Visit the National Science Foundation website to learn more.

Directed research

You can earn credit by working in a lab or field setting under a faculty member’s guidance. Before starting your research, be sure to find out how the credits fit into your program of study and complete and submit a directed research contract.

Ask your academic advisor or contact your department to find out how to participate in directed research.

Part-time lab jobs on campus

Students often get a part-time job or work as a lab assistant/aid at one of the many research labs on campus.

To see the current list of job postings, visit the University of Minnesota employment website.

How to get involved:

  1. Determine your interests and goals. Think about the classes you’ve enjoyed and the topics you want to explore. Take note of current events in science and engineering that catch your attention.
  2. Identify faculty who are conducting research related to your interests. Look at the opportunity gallery on the UROP website. Visit your department’s website to see faculty members’ biography pages and research topics.
  3. Email faculty members to inquire about any research opportunities they may have. Visit faculty members during office hours. When you communicate with them, be sure to express a genuine interest in what they are researching and inquire about ways you might get involved.