Would you like to get a head start on research and have the opportunity to explore various interests as an undergraduate?

The Your Own Undergraduate Research Experience at CU program (YOU'RE @ CU) is an exciting opportunity to gain practical research experience in engineering by linking undergraduate students with a graduate student mentor. Get hands-on experience as an undergrad that will inspire you to make a world of difference! You'll work on a research project 3–5 hours per week and participate in a 15-week seminar course on research practices. You'll also develop your own research hypothesis and work through the research process, culminating with a research paper and a poster session. 

Applicants must be engineering majors in good academic standing.

Details for Undergraduate Students

  • Work with a graduate mentor for 3–5 hours per week
  • Gain exposure and learn the fundamentals of working in a lab environment, testing a hypothesis, and analyzing data
  • Participate in a 15-week seminar course for one pass/fail credit
  • Make a poster about your experience and present it with your graduate mentor at the end of the semester

Details for Graduate Student Mentors

  • Work with an undergraduate student for 3–5 hours per week
  • Gain leadership and mentoring experience, attend a workshop on mentoring, and learn how to productively integrate an undergraduate student into a lab environment. List this on your CV under teaching and mentoring experience!
  • Gain an extra set of hands to help further your research
  • Present a poster about the experience — created by your undergraduate mentee — at the end of the semester.