Undergraduate Research

What is undergraduate research?
One-on-one work with faculty, graduate students, and post-docs in a laboratory setting
Searching for new knowledge in a specific branch of chemical & biomolecular engineering
Discovering new phenomena, methods, and techniques
Application of knowledge learned in lecture

Why do undergraduate research?
Develop a better understanding of “hot” topics and areas of concern in chemical & biomolecular engineering
Hands-on experience in your field of study
Learn more than what is provided in traditional coursework
Preparation for post-baccalaureate studies
Clarify your career goals

How is the experience different than classroom learning?
You help to formulate questions to answer
You help to design the methods to answer the questions
You interpret the results of your tests or discoveries
You learn to communicate the results to others in your field

What is my next step?
Find a faculty member whose interests match yours and discuss potential research positions in his or her laboratory! Click here to view complete faculty contact information. You may also review their personal research web pages.

Available funding
Former President G. Wayne Clough strongly believed in the value of undergraduates and encouraged them to experience the excitement of new discovery through research. He established the President’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) to encourage and supplement undergraduate research opportunities for all majors.

Currently, more than 200 students are awarded up to $1500 in research salary to work with a faculty mentor or up to $1000 funding to present work at a professional conference. Students can participate in undergraduate research for course credit or pay, part time or full time.