The goal of the University Undergraduate Research Grants program offered through the Office of the Provost is to integrate undergraduates into the extensive research and scholarship work of the department faculty. Participating in this program will help prepare students for graduate school or work in industrial research and development groups. The deadlines and application process are described on-line at:
Find out more about department research: look at links for research on the ECE department home page or visit the professors web pages. Ask your professors about the research they do. You'll be surprised at how happy they are to talk about their research interests. If you find something that interests you, ask your professor if he or she would consider supervising an undergraduate research project. Offer to volunteer for a few hours each week. This will give you a chance to try out the topic and get to know the professor and the graduate students, and see how you like it. If you put in some effort of your own, a professor will be more inclined to commit to mentoring a project for you. Don't promise to put in more hours that is realistic; your professor will be more impressed if you keep plugging away at a problem than if you start with a big rush and then disappear half-way through the semester. If you find that you can't wait to get the results, congratulations, you just discovered the excitement of research.