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Research Opportunities

There are a number of research opportunities available for students in the College of Engineering. Some of the opportunities require students to initiate the conversation with the faculty they would like to complete research with, while other programs match interested students with participating faculty.


RISE: Research, Innovation, Service and Entrepreneurship

ME x90 (290, 390, 490) are individual or group project work where students apply mechanical engineering principles to research, innovation, service or entrepreneurship projects. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned faculty in state-of-the -art facilities on real-world projects that impact our society and future. Students can participate in a RISE project a) individually with an ME professor, b) as a member of a larger multi-disciplinary project, or c) through their co-curricular experiences across the University (e.g. BLUELab, Multidisciplinary Design Program, International Programs or the College of Engineering Honors Program). Students may engage in the RISE program for one or several terms throughout their academic career. This unique experience teaches students to holistically connect all aspects of their UM life including coursework, co-curricular activities, and community to make a lasting difference in the world. Visit the RISE page for more information.


Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program is an opportunity for University of Michigan engineering students who have completed their junior year to participate in research activities with faculty in the College of Engineering at Michigan. The program aims to provide students with an opportunity to assess their interests and potential in pursuing research at the graduate level. 


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is primarily designed for University of Michigan undergraduate students enrolled on the Ann Arbor campus who are seeking first time research experience. Student research assistants work alongside a faculty member, research scientist or professional practitioner on an ongoing or new research project. While primarily for first and second year students, there are a small number of opportunities for juniors and seniors. 


Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunities Program is a gateway to graduate education. SROP is supported by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten member universities and the University of Chicago. The program provides students with the opportunity to participate in research activities at a different university. Students will have an opportunity to advance their academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. Please visit the SROP website to learn more about the research opportunities and how to apply.