Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Assistants wanted!
Application deadline: March 31, 2020

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Research and Innovation Program. Through this program, undergraduate students will gain valuable work experience while exploring their areas of interest in research.

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As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, you will:

  • Receive a competitive hourly rate for your work on research projects during the academic year.
  • Earn a competitive summer stipend for full-time employment (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) for work on your research project.
  • Earn a $250 award when you co-author a journal paper related to your research (upon notice of acceptance).
  • Receive funding for travel to attend professional conferences in an area related to your undergraduate research.
  • Receive priority consideration for a graduate assistantship if you decide to pursue graduate school.
  • Have the opportunity to work on research-related senior design projects.   

Application and Requirements:

  • Identify a faculty member whose research area interests you. Let them know you are interested in applying to the URA program. The faculty advisor will then submit a short description of the scope of work to the Department Head.
  • Undergraduate student applicants must have completed their freshman year.
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will have priority for an undergraduate research assistant position.
  • Accepted students will take at least 3 credits of Directed Research credits with their faculty mentor.
  • At the end of each semester or summer, URAs will submit a one-page description of their research accomplishments to the Department Head, and will submit any research products to their faculty advisor.

For more information, contact Dr. Arash E. Zaghi at