Undergraduates in CEGE have many opportunities to participate in research with faculty, staff, and other students.
You could work in a variety of research facilities including faculty laboratories, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, the Theodore V. Galambos Structural Engineering Laboratory, or at outdoor research sites. Students are often supported through research grants obtained by their faculty advisors.
Why Participate in Research?
Participating in research as an undergraduate student in CEGE can help you:
- Explore your area of interest and clarify your post-graduation plans
- Become well versed in the scientific process of research including lab techniques, interpretation of data, and the integration of theory and practice, all while working alongside distinguished faculty
- Develop transferable skills such as written and oral communication, critical thinking, and information literacy
- Create relationships within CEGE with faculty, graduate students, and your peers
- Prepare for graduate school by enhancing your research skills and expertise
How to Get Involved in CEGE Undergraduate Research
Read Tips on Finding a Faculty MentorEstablishing a good working relationship with a faculty member is a key element in a successful research project. Finding a faculty mentor can be challenging, but this guide can help you with this process (created by the University of Minnesota).
Review Undergraduate Research OpportunitiesRead descriptions of some (but not all) recent projects and find faculty who have undergraduate research opportunities available.
Research the Project and the FacultyIf you find a project that interests you, take time to find out a little more about the project and the faculty member's field of expertise. This could include looking at the faculty member’s personal or research group website, reading articles published by the faculty member, or finding other information or videos about the research area.
Contact the Professor
Connect with the faculty member by writing an email or visiting during their office hours. Indicate who you are, why you are interested in the research, and any experience you have that may be relevant to the position or project. Ask if they are available to discuss the opportunity or if there is a formal application process to follow. Some faculty may ask you to send them a resume. If you need support crafting or revising a resume, check out the CSE Career Center’s resources.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
In addition, the University-wide Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) offers research support for successful applicants.
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