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Undergraduate Research: Facts and Opportunities

Opportunities to participate in research exist for undergraduates. All faculty have been encouraged to include an “undergraduate research statement” on their ECE profile on this Web site. You can view a compilation of research statements. Some professors have not added undergraduate research statements to their profiles. This does not necessarily mean that they are not interested in supporting undergraduate research. Students should not hesitate to contact ECE professors about research and discuss with them any research ideas they may have. A student-driven initiative called PURE can also help you find undergraduate research opportunities.

Students can earn technical credit hours by conducting undergraduate research. ECE 297 is a one hour research course open to freshmen and sophomores. It can be taken twice for a maximum credit of two hours which will count as ECE technical electives. You are also allowed to collect six additional hours of research-related credit to count for your ECE technical electives. These can originate from individual study courses such as ECE 396, ECE 397, ECE 496, or ECE 499. Their equivalents in other departments can count as technical elective hours.

ECE 496/499 combination is taken for Senior Research Project culminating in a Senior Thesis. Students taking ECE 496/499 are also required to make oral presentation of their research findings in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium. Credit for ECE 445 (required Senior Design course in EE program) will be awarded to students with Senior Thesis projects that involve hardware design or testing.