FAQ

The following requirements apply to this program:

  • Must apply and be accepted into the program
  • Must reply to offer and accept offer
  • Must attend introductory meeting in the fall
  • Must take online Discrimination and Harassment Awareness training (paid one hour for this)
  • Must work as directed by faculty member and/or graduate student mentor and make a good-faith effort to work 10 hours/week spring and fall semester
  • Must attend three seminars for the year
  • Must write a two- to three-page paper due at the end of October outlining your plans for work
  • Must attend spring meeting focused on Discovery Learning Research Symposium requirements
  • Must participate in the Research Symposium in mid‐April
  • Complete survey regarding your experiences in the program

  • Maintain your college GPA at 3.0 or above (the higher the better!)
  • Have a good cover letter and resume
  • Respond in your cover letter to any requirements mentioned in the project listing - e.g., if the project says you must have taken Material and Energy Balance, tell me that you have done so
  • Select a diversity of projects – be sure they are ones of interest to you, but try not to select three from one faculty member as we may not give more than one student to each professor
  • Select five projects – if you are only interested in one or two, then by all means don’t apply for ones that are not interesting to you, however, applying to five will allow me maximum flexibility when considering you for a position.
  • If you are comfortable doing so, feel free to contact the professor offering the project to learn more about it and see if it is a good match. If you ask intelligent questions and make a good impression, the faculty member may ask for you. All things being equal (GPA has not decreased, etc.), it will generally improve your chances, as we like to give this opportunity to as many students as possible.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Cover letter and resume
  • Must be in the College of Engineering & Applied Science (If you have an IUT on file with the college and your chances are good for being accepted, we will consider your application.
  • Must be an undergraduate student. If you are a BS/MS student who is still in undergrad status, you are eligible. If you are entering your last year as a BS/MS student you would not be eligible.
  • Sometimes a faculty member will recommend you for their position, you still must apply and write a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the program to be considered
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • Applicants will be notified in early June.