There are a variety of research opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. In fact, approximately 130 undergraduate students research on EECS faculty projects in a typical year; many of these are paid positions. Students are encouraged to approach their faculty advisor for advice.
Independent Research Projects
Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty about doing independent research in an area of mutual interest. EECS 499, Directed Study, can be taken for 1-4 credits. It provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work on substantial research problems in EECS or areas of special interest such as design problems. For each hour of credit, it is expected that the student will work an average of three or four hours per week and that the challenges will be comparable with other 400 level EECS classes. An oral presentation and/or written report will be due at the end of the term.
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) & Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROP)
The SURE program provides support to undergraduate students for 10-12 weeks during the summer to work with an EECS faculty member on a research project defined by the faculty. Applicants for EECS SURE projects should list on the application their top three areas of interest in preference order (application deadline: January). Non-UM students who also meet SROP qualifications can apply to these projects through the SURE application process, which has a mechanism for identifying SROP candidacy. The SURE program in EECS is broken down into the following two categories, corresponding with our graduate divisions:
U-M Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between first and second year students and University of Michigan faculty. All schools and colleges of the University of Michigan are active participants in UROP.