As an MIME student, if you're passionate about doing research or simply want to explore this important dimension of engineering, there's no need to wait for graduate school to get involved. Our faculty view research as an integral part of every engineering education and welcome undergraduate participants on their research teams.
School-Based Undergraduate Research Opportunities
On virtually every MIME research team, there is a place for undergraduate involvement and learning. In most cases, however, it will be up to you to seek out the opportunities that interest you, and to initiate the conversations to make them happen.
- To do this, you'll first want to get up to speed on the kinds of research going on in the School of MIME, and who's doing it. You can do this by visiting our Research Pages and talking to your course instructors, academic advisors, and other knowledgeable MIME faculty and staff.
- After identifying some areas or projects of interest, schedule meetings with the associated faculty members during their office hours. You'll want to find out more about what they're doing, and they'll want to learn more about your interests and qualifications.
- When you join a research team, practice the same professionalism expected of all other research team members. Attend research meetings as requested, fulfill your assigned responsibilities in a timely way, keep your supervisors informed of your progress, and learn everything you can from the experience.
School of MIME Robotics faculty successfully hosted their first National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – Robots in the Real World. Ten undergraduates from around the United State spent ten weeks working alongside graduate students in robotics on a variety of projects.
Opportunities Beyond MIME
There's no need to limit your search for undergraduate research opportunities to those within the School of MIME. Additional options to consider are research positions elsewhere on campus for which you may be qualified; the NSF REU programs are offered throughout the U.S.; and company-sponsored undergraduate research experiences, such as the Intel Semiconductor Research Corporation Scholars administered by the CoE's Women and Minorities in Engineering program.
For More Information...
For more information, posted opportunities, and strategies for getting involved with research both within and beyond MIME, be sure to visit the Oregon State Undergraduate Research Framework (OSURF).
The MIME Weekly E-Bulletin and the university's Beaver Careers site also post information about on- and off-campus research opportunities.