Hands-on research projects are one of the best ways to augment your engineering education. Research and lab experience helps you develop your interests and make a great impression to future employers and graduate programs.
We have two great programs that can help make independent research part of your undergraduate experience.
Take initiative in the lab
The Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative, or FURI (pronounced like “fury”), is a great way to get in the lab early on in your academic career. Conduct independent research that can be thesis-based under the mentorship of a Fulton Schools faculty member. Fulton Schools undergraduate students attending at the Tempe campus, Polytechnic campus and online are eligible to apply for up to two semesters of FURI funding.
The process involves developing an idea under a faculty mentor (or looking through research opportunities posted by faculty), then applying for funding with a proposal that outlines the importance of the research and your research methods. If your proposal is accepted, you perform research, attend workshops, prepare research summaries, design a research poster and participate in the research symposium. This semester’s Fall 2016 FURI Symposium is on Friday, November 18, 2016. Check out all the great research your fellow students are working on!
You can also get the opportunity to travel to professional conferences through the Undergraduate Research Travel Grant program. Fulton Schools undergraduate students — whether you’re participating in FURI or not — conducting research with a faculty mentor can apply for financial assistance for travel expenses if you’ve been accepted to present your research at a conference. We know that conference presentations are great opportunities to present your research, compare data and network with peers, so take advantage of this funding opportunity!
FURI alumni often go on to apply their research experience to work in industry or in academia through graduate studies in engineering, medicine, law and other disciplines.
Apply to be part of FURI in spring 2017 by Wednesday, October 5, 2016!
Solve grand challenges
If you’re looking for hands-on research that lets you solve global challenges, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program is another great opportunity. GCSP aims to prepare tomorrow’s engineering leaders to solve society’s fourteen 21st century grand challenges through innovative curriculum, cutting-edge research and service learning.
Select freshmen are invited to GCSP, but any sophomore, junior or senior who meet the minimum criteria are welcome to apply.
Before your first semester as a GCSP student, you have the opportunity to be part of the Summer Institute, an opportunity to build a community on campus and gain exposure to the Grand Challenges of Engineering.
In the fall, you’ll take FSE 150: Perspective of Grand Challenges on Engineering, a course designed to identify Grand Challenges and related research on campus, discuss the interdisciplinary and global nature of the challenges and how that impacts their solutions, and create a preliminary plan of study for completing the five components of GCSP: research, interdisciplinary approach, entrepreneurship, global dimension, and service learning.
Upon completing the program requirements, you’ll achieve the distinction of Grand Challenge Scholar, endorsed by ASU and the National Academy of Engineering. The experience also uniquely prepares you collaborate and succeed in a transdisciplinary and global environment.
GCSP students can apply for a stipend to help with their Grand Challenge research and an experiential learning grant to promote experiential opportunities outside of the Grand Challenge component areas.
Apply to be part of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program today!