As one of the premier research universities in the nation, UW-Madison offers an important way to enhance your undergraduate education: by working for credit or for an hourly wage on engineering research projects. These experiences will expose you to state-of-the-art information and technology and will help prepare you for advanced studies in engineering and other fields, or to contribute specialized knowledge in the workplace. Research opportunities exist in several forms.
Faculty Research Projects
An undergraduate student performs research in the Modified Asphalt Research Center.
Many engineering professors hire undergraduates to work part-time on their research projects. Engineering instructors or the engineering department offices can refer you to faculty members who hire undergraduates. Depending on their current projects, engineering research centers also hire undergraduates. To access directories of faculty and staff by department and to search for faculty research of interest to you, go to directory.engr.wisc.edu. You can also use the Wisconsin Discovery Portal to locate the right UW-Madison researcher for your collaboration and research needs.
Independent Study Projects
Depending upon the project topic and scope, undergraduates can receive credit for proposing and developing an independent research project. If you’re interested in conducting independent research, talk directly with your engineering instructors or stop by an engineering department office.
Engineering Honors in Research Programs
Individual engineering departments offer honors programs for high-ability undergraduates enrolled in their majors. Students in these programs plan and conduct engineering research projects under the guidance of faculty members.
UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program
Students may apply to work on research projects with faculty members across campus through the URS program.