The Graduate Engineering Annual Research and Recruitment Symposium (GEARRS) is an annual event that provides an overview of current research within the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering for prospective PhD students. This event, which is held annually on the CU campus, offers a platform for the exchange and development of new ideas among members of the department, industry and prospective students. Research presentations are delivered by current PhD students and cover a wide variety of topics that include thermo fluid sciences, bioengineering, robotics and controls, materials, micro/nano systems, air quality and environmental sciences.

Attendance at GEARRS is an important step in finding a potential research advisor and securing an offer of funding. Prospective students at GEARRS have numerous opportunities to meet with faculty and current students, and nearly all of our funding offers to domestic applicants go to students who attend GEARRS, although not all attendees will receive a financial offer to join the PhD program subsequent to their visit. Funding decisions are based on the availability of funds, potential fits with research groups and compatibility with our department community and culture.

Note: Not all students given financial offers will have selected a research group or advisor by the time of matriculation at CU Boulder; every year a number of PhD students enter our program and join research groups within their first semester.

Visit the GEARRS website to learn more and to receive updates. We look forward to seeing you there!