Student Research Opportunities
As an undergraduate student (freshman through senior), you can get hands-on research experience at Swenson College. Taking advantage of research opportunities will:
Challenge you to achieve high goals
Help you learn what you like and dislike in a given field
Introduce you to other students that share your passion
Connect you with faculty mentors that will help you reach your goals
In addition to working with faculty on their areas of expertise, you can conduct research on things you are passionate about that will assist you in the pursuit of your degree.
Here is a list of SCSE Faculty who are willing to be undergraduate research mentors. You will find information about their research interests and semesters they are available.
NEW Summer 2023 two summer undergraduate research experiences:
LURE - Limnology Undergraduate Research Experience
The Limnology Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) is a 10-week program in which an undergraduate SCSE student can work on a research project with an advisor affiliated with the Large Lakes Observatory and participate in professional development activities. Here is a list of potential faculty advisors. The 10-week program comes with a stipend of $6,000 ($15/hr). Applications will be reviewed starting April 3. Please complete your application by midnight April 2 to ensure that it is included in the review
REU - Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The Swenson College of Science and Engineering will offer five additional Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the College. Much like SURP and BURST programs, the REU program will be a 10-week program available to science and engineering disciplines aligning students with professors for a summer undergraduate research experience. The program runs May 30th, 2023 - August 4th, 2023. Students will receive a $6,000 award (applied to their student account) and $700 for supplies. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2023.
Our Main Programs:
UROP = Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
SURP = Summer Undergraduate Research Program
BURST = Biological Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology
REU = Research Experience for Undergraduates
LURE=Limnology Undergraduate Research Experience
Examples of Impactful Research
Looking to get a sense of the types of projects students have recently done as part of the UROP program? Click on the departmental links below to see information about completed projects:
Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
Mathematics & Statistics Department
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department
In the Lab from the Start
Carl Anderson first stepped into a lab as a freshman to soak up knowledge and familiarize himself with lab work. By senior year, he was the winner of an award from the MN Science Academy for his work on studying the effects of iron deficiency on brain development.
Carl said, “I don’t think I could have chosen a better place for me. My mentor, Dr. Anderson, has been really encouraging, and there are a lot of opportunities here to try different things.”
Making A Difference
UMD students impact our world through the work they do and the knowledge they pursue.
For example, UMD chemistry students are developing solar energy cells at a molecular level to mimic plant cells and Bulldog engineers are inventing tools to help protect U.S. soldiers in war zones.
Every year, hundreds of Swenson College students get involved in research on campus by partnering with our dedicated faculty. They work in campus labs, in forests, on lakes even in other states and countries to pursue new information. It’s one reason many of our students love it here - you don’t have to wait to dive into your field of study.