Student Research Opportunities

At UNK, faculty members view student involvement in research as a part of the educational process and actively encourage it. Undergraduate research experiences teach young engineering students to work collaboratively, think critically and problem-solve creatively.

These unique opportunities prepare students for graduate study and engineering careers. There are several ways for UNK undergraduates to get involved in research:

Resources, Programs and Organizations for Students

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity hosts information sessions and provides guidance to students looking to get involved
  • The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates provides opportunities for students to contribute to ongoing research projects at various universities or research sites around the world
  • The national Council on Undergraduate Research hosts an annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill to provide students the opportunity to showcase their research projects for members of Congress

Additionally, Engineering Foundations undergraduates interested in research should connect with their departmental advisers to identify research projects or areas of interest, and talk with other undergraduates about their experiences.

A good way to begin the conversation is to ask your instructor about his or her own research experiences, or to check out the 'research interests' portion of the instructor biographies on the Faculty page.

Don't hesitate to be proactive about asking to meet with faculty members -- it is appreciated and encouraged!