Research and innovation are a core focus of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering community, from first-year students through advanced doctoral students and faculty. Together, students and faculty collaborate across disciplines to conduct important research that addresses real-world challenges in education, energy, health, security and sustainability.
Four signature programs enhance students’ engineering and technology education through hands-on research in the labs of the Fulton Schools. Students involved in these programs are invited to present their research at the FURI Symposium.
FURI exposes undergraduate students to the research enterprise — from conceptualizing an idea, developing a plan and investigating the research question to presenting their research outcomes. The Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering, or MORE, program provides the same experience for our master’s students. Both programs develop and hone skills that will serve students well in their future pursuits and careers: the ability to innovate, think independently, solve problems and defend their findings.
The entrepreneurial mindset also has a place in research. The Kern Family Foundation project funds student research that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking, with a specific focus on highlighting connections and creating value.
In the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, also known as GCSP, students conduct research in one of 14 grand challenge themes set forth by the National Academy of Engineering. Research is one part of their five-part program that additionally challenges them to explore interdisciplinary coursework, gain a global perspective, engage in entrepreneurship and give back to the community through service learning.
These influential programs also provide students with opportunities beyond the research experience in the laboratory. Undergraduate students can travel to prestigious conferences to present their work — an activity often only available to graduate students. Doors also open to scholarships, internships and further research in graduate school and more.