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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 - summer

Undergraduate Summer Research Grant : This opportunity is open to undergraduate engineering students from around the nation who are interested in working alongside Texas A&M University engineering faculty and graduate students on 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
co-author. 

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.

Multifunctional Materials

Majors: Those interested in materials science and engineering-related research
Contact: Dr. Ibrahim Karaman  ikaraman@tamu.edu

AERO-U: Aero-propulsion/fluid physics

Majors:  All engineering majors (including computer science), math, physics and other physical sciences
Contact: Dr. Jacques Richard  richard@tamu.edu

CyberHealthGIS

Majors: Technology, Geography and Health
Contact:  Dr. Tracy Hammond hammond@cse.tamu.edu

Texas Center for Undergraduate Research in Energy and Combustion 

Majors: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
Contact: Dr. Eric Petersen  epetersen@tamu.edu

Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automated System Design

Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Technology
Contact: Dr. Sheng-Jen "Tony" Hsieh  hsieh@tamu.edu

Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) Program

Majors:  All engineering majors (including computer science) and related math/sciences (e.g. physics, biology)
Contact: Tandilyn Morrel  tmorrel@tamu.edu

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) - Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety Center (ATLAS) Summer Internship Program 

Majors: All majors are welcome
Contact: Laura Higgins  l-higgins@tti.tamu.edu

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) - University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)

Majors: Engineering major
Contact: Amy White a-white@ttimail.tamu.edu
,   railwaysafety@utrgv.edu

Texas A&M CyberHealthGIS (interdisciplinary NSF REU - coordinated through Geography/GIS)

Majors: 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
Contacts: Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg  daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu
Dr. Tracy Hammond  hammond@cse.tamu.edu

Aerospace Engineering Opportunities for Undergraduates (AERO-U)

Majors: Math, Physical Sciences (e.g., Chemistry Physics), Engineering (any/all), Computer Science
Contact: Dr. Jacques C. Richard  richard@tamu.edu

Reuse Water Quality Fellowships

Majors: Engineering and science majors, particularly with interests in reuse water quality
Contacts: Dr. Terry Gentry  tjgentry@tamu.edu, Dr. Ali Fares  alfares@pvamu.edu, Dr. Anish Jantrania  anish.Jantrania@ag.tamu.edu

Costa Rica REU

Majors: Engineering majors, particularly with interests in environmental issues
Contact: Dr. Kelly Brumbelow  kbrumbelow@civil.tamu.edu

NSF Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) - Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems

Majors: Biomedical, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial and Material Science Engineering
Contact: Dr. Gerard Cote  gcote@tamu.edu


Resources

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