Undergraduate Student Resources

Looking to Participate in a Research Project?

Projects by Department (Students can apply for any project regardless of their major)

BME ProjectsCAE ProjectsECE ProjectsIEN ProjectsMAE Projects

Particularly Prestigious Projects

NSF-REUs (National Science Foundations, Research Experiences for Undergraduates)There are 2 types and they are typically paid positions. One type is associated with single research grants that are awarded to the University through an individual Professor’s efforts. The other type are “site” REUs which are awards made to a particular University to host a larger group of students for work on several different research projects. The “site” REUs typically take place during the summer and usually require that the undergraduate student travel to the University hosting the site. The “site” REUs typically provide stipends that help offset the cost of housing. Announcements for “site” NSF-REUs are typically released between the December and February preceding the corresponding summer. Additional details about site REUs is available in the Powerpoint presentation and fact sheet.
NSF-GRFP (NSF – Graduate Research Fellowship Program)Award that funds graduate school work, including MS and PhD degrees. Can “follow” the student depending upon where they go to graduate school. To be competitive, students should work with a faculty member in developing their application. Deadlines for applications is typically sometime in November. More details are available at: the NSF web site. The announcement for the competition is available at NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program site. Internal training for the NSF-GRFP is typically provided yearly. See presentation for some details.
Found a Project? Here are the Steps to Apply:
Step 1

There are 3 ways to participate in research. These include:

  • On a Volunteer Basis.
  • As part of a course. Each CoE Department has an undergraduate research course and students, with advisor’s permission, can sign up for 1, 2, or 3 research credits.
  • As part of a job that is paid on an hourly basis
Step 2

Identify a Laboratory and Research Mentor By:

  • Looking at one of the Department Project Links at the top of the page
  • Sending your Resume to Faculty who Supervise Laboratories of Interest
  • Contacting the University’s Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Attending the Annual Research and Creativity Forum which is Typically Held in April
  • Getting Involved in UConnect.
Step 3

Submit an Undergraduate Research Application. If there is a particular research mentor that you have agreed to work with, indicate this in the “Areas of Interest” section of the application. Benefits of registering are described here. When you start working on research please follow appropriate lab etiquette

Step 4

Training in RCR and COI:

  • Register for the corresponding courses in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): CoE RCR website.
  • Complete a two part process that addresses possible conflicts of interest. The first part is an on-line training module in conflicts of interest that can be accessed at CITI COI Training site. The second part is completing a disclosure. The disclosure forms can be accessed at DPS site.
Contacts
ContactDescription
Office of Undergraduate Research and Community OutreachHelps Students in Finding Research Opportunities within the University (In Addition to the Ones Listed Above)
Dr. Michael Gaines, Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research and Community OutreachContact for More Information
Maria Robertson, Office Administrator for the Program.Contact for More Information
Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, Associate Dean for ResearchGeneral Questions About Undergraduate Research Opportunities Within the University of Miami, College of Engineering