A James. Clark School of Engineering
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Research in the School of Engineering
Research Centers and Institutes
Departmental Research Opportunities
Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)
- Research Areas in ENCE
- Research Centers in ENCE
- Research Labs in ENCE
- Faculty in ENCE
- Student Resources
Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP)
Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA)
- Research in ENMA
- Research Areas in ENMA
- Research Centers and Consortia in ENMA
- Research Labs in ENMA
- Faculty in ENMA
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities in ENMA
Mechanical Engineering (ENME)
- Research Areas in ENME
- Research Centers in ENME
- Research Labs in ENME
- Faculty in ENME
- Undergraduate Student Research in ENME
Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit
- Aerospace Honors Program
- ENAE 398H Honors Research Project
- ENAE 499 Elective Research
- Bioengineering Honors Program
- BIOE 399/399H Independent Study in Bioengineering/Honors Research
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Honors and Awards
- CHBE 468 Research
Civil and Environmental Engineering
- ENCE 398 Honors Research Project
- ENCE 488 Senior Thesis
- ENCE 489 Special Problems in Civil Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Program
- ENEE 488 Independent or Directed Study in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- ENEE 499/499L Undergraduate Research/Senior Honors Project
- ENFP 429 Independent Studies
- ENFP 489 Special Topics/Honors Reearch Project
Materials Science and Engineering
- ENMA 499 Senior Laboratory Project
- ENME 398 Honors Research Project
- ENME 488 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering
- ENME 489 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
College-Wide Research Opportunities
Research Opportunities page has links to resources and facilities in the Clark School of Engineering as well as Special Undergraduate Research Programs.
ASPIRE Program (A Scholars Program for Industry-oriented Research in Engineering) ASPIRE offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to venture beyond the classroom through collaboration with engineering faculty and staff on industrially-oriented engineering projects. Students perform research during the Fall and/or Spring semesters under the guidance of an engineering faculty or staff mentor. ASPIRE awardees receive a scholarship of $1,000 for each semester project. For Summer projects, students receive a scholarship of $3,000 for the summer.
For best consideration for Fall, the application is due at the ASPIRE program office in mid-September.
Engineering Honors Program The EHP was developed to provide an atmosphere conducive to creating passion in learning through student involvement and faculty interaction. Experience has shown that it is this close interaction between faculty and student that helps the student develop leadership skills, a creative attitude, and self-confidence; these are the characteristics of the leaders in the field of engineering and management.
First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication.
Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.
Keystone Program The Keystone Program provides engineering students with first- and second-year experiential learning experiences which lay the foundation for their academic tenure at the University.
Maryland-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program The Maryland-HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program supports independent research by talented undergraduate students under the direct supervision of a faculty investigator/mentor. Undergraduate Research Fellows have the opportunity to experience the investigative process, demonstrate their aptitude for research, develop a close collaboration with a faculty mentor, and strengthen their conviction in their career choice. Application deadline is mid-February.
Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Program This innovative, three-year program invites high-achieving students to progress in team-based courses led by an interdisciplinary faculty. The QUEST program is a collaborative effort between the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and admits students from those schools as well as the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences. Business, Engineering and CMPS freshmen and five-year sophomores may apply.
ResearchFest ResearchFest is an annual event that highlights the best undergraduate and graduate-level research from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE). It allows students to share their work in a fun, casual setting with faculty, staff and students from their own and other departments. The event is sponsored by BioE, ChBE and MSE, and features guest judges, prizes, and a reception. You must register to participate in this event.
RISE Leadership Academy (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) The RISE Leadership Academy: RISE (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) will brand the leadership ability of the very best students within the engineering college. Only top students will be invited to join the academy. Selection will occur in the sophomore year based upon academic performance (GPA) and leadership qualities demonstrated during the first three semesters of academic study. Students who join will select two of four ‘areas’ (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) in which to demonstrate their leadership abilities. In their junior year they will concentrate on one area (Research, for example) and in their senior year they will concentrate on another (Instruction, for example).
Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics (TREND) The University of Maryland's Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, with support from the National Science Foundation, is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics. Students from a variety of universities and backgrounds typically work in teams of two or three for 10 weeks during the summer and are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. Deadline for summer is usually around March 1.
University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides rising Juniors and Seniors with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.The application deadline is in early February.
Women in Engineering The Women in Engineering (WIE) Program in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland was established in January 1995 through a grant from the Sloan Foundation. WIE is dedicated to promoting the role of women in the field of engineering. WIE includes an Undergraduate Research Fellows Program.