Student Research

Student research

Research Opportunities for Students

The University of Utah offers students the ability to apply textbook concepts to real world applications through amazing research opportunities.

Utah is one of 96 Top-rated RU/VH research universities; this simply means there is a wide-range of well-funded research opportunities here for graduate students AND undergraduate students.

The College of Engineering boasts a variety of top-notch research facilities and faculty. The opportunity to become involved in this type of research as an undergraduate is exceptional.

Research Opportunities Links

Office of Undergraduate Research

OUR provides information about earning academic credit for your undergraduate research, finding opportunities for research, and getting transcript recognition for your research work.

Engineering Clinic Program

The Engineering Clinic Program places Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering majors on industrially-sponsored senior projects to fulfill graduation requirements.

Engineering Scholars Program

The quest of the ESP is to leverage the exciting engineering-based research at the University by exposing the first year students to actual research activities. The addition of a research component to the first year student’s experience allows the student to see over the horizon offered by prerequisite courses. By giving the first year student a more in-depth look into engineering it is hoped that we will increase the enthusiasm level of the students with the result being significantly improved retention rates. Higher retention rates will translate into a larger and better-trained graduating class of much-needed engineers and computer scientists. For more information about this program, please visit the Engineering Scholars Program page.

Merrill Engineering Scholars Fellowship

This program is offered to incoming freshmen engineering students. The focus of the Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) is the engagement of first year undergraduate engineering students in research opportunities. This early exposure to the research environment enhances the engineering education experience and better trains these future engineers for positions in industry, government, and advanced graduate training.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects. UROP provides assistantships up to $1200 for any first-time UROP student who assists with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carries out a project of her/his own under the supervision of a faculty member. For more information visit the UROP website.

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