What is undergraduate research?

The Council for Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “…the inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate in collaboration with a faculty mentor that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” It is recognized as one of Texas A&M's high impact practices that prepares students for the workplace and society. Students connect with faculty and graduate students who, in addition to research, are able to offer advice about career paths and applying for graduate school admissions and fellowships.

How to get started

Department programs

Independent research courses: Each department offers a variety of courses (291, 485, 491, etc.) that provides undergraduates opportunities to work closely with faculty on a research topic. 

Employment: With more than 350 engineering faculty and more than $282 million in research expenditures, there are opportunities for students to work on funded research projects within the college of engineering or a student’s department. 

University programs

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program: This program is for outstanding students who have completed their sophomore years and are interested in pursuing graduate studies. Students contribute to ongoing faculty research to develop or expand their appreciations for research. 

Programs - fall/spring

Engineering Honors Program: Students are required to complete at least four hours of research, present their research and write a senior thesis or manuscript that must be submitted to a journal or a conference with the Engineering Honors student as the

AggiE-Challenge: The multi-semester program gives engineering undergraduates course credit and an opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary team projects addressing elements of some of the most important engineering challenges facing our society. 

ROE Scholar: The two-semester research program prepares undergraduate engineering students for careers in academic research and gain research experience in preparation for graduate school. 

Research programs 

General questions regarding engineering summer research programs at Texas A&M can be directed to usrg@tamu.edu.

Title/Research Program Majors Contact Information
Multifunctional Materials Those interested in materials science and engineering-related research Dr. Ibrahim Karaman ikaraman@tamu.edu
AERO-U: Aero-propulsion/fluid physics All engineering majors (including computer science), math, physics and other physical sciences Dr. Jacques Richard
CyberHealthGIS Technology, Geography and Health Dr. Tracy Hammond
Texas Center for Undergraduate Research in Energy and Combustion  Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering Dr. Eric Petersen
Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automated System Design  Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Technology Dr. Sheng-Jen "Tony"
Hsieh hsieh@tamu.edu
Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) Program  All engineering majors (including computer science) and related math/sciences (e.g. physics, biology) Juan Rodriguez
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) - Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety Center (ATLAS) Summer Internship Program  All majors are welcome Laura Higgins
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) - University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) Engineering major Amy White
a-white@ttimail.tamu.edu railwaysafety@utrgv.edu
Texas A&M CyberHealthGIS (interdisciplinary NSF REU - coordinated through Geography/GIS) Geography & Spatial Science, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Biomedical 
Engineering, Public Health, Pre-Med, Environmental Programs, Sociology, Planning, Biology, Other STEM-infused disciplines
Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg
Dr. Tracy Hammond
Aerospace Engineering Opportunities for Undergraduates (AERO-U) Math, Physical Sciences (e.g., Chemistry Physics), Engineering (any/all), Computer Science Dr. Jacques C. Richard
Water Quality Fellowships Bio Engineering, Ag Engineering, Environmental Studies, Ag Science, Environmental Ag Dr. Clyde Munster
Dr. Ali Fares
Dr. Anish Jantrania
Costa Rica REU Engineering majors, particularly with interests in environmental issues Dr. Kelly Brmbelow
NSF Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) - Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems Biomedical, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial and Material Science Engineering Dr. Gerard Cote

The following resources allow you to search for summer research programs across the U.S. by discipline or state/location.


If you have questions about undergraduate research or how to search for a program, feel free to contact Tandilyn Morrel.