Skip to Main Content

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Northwest Tissue Mechanics laboratory staff

A World of Discovery

We’re proud to offer research experience to our undergraduate students that larger universities reserve for their PhD candidates. With eight active labs in areas of biosciences, energy, robotics, and materials, students get the opportunity to participate in major research activities, contribute to published papers, and apply research methods to real-world problems. Our faculty view student involvement in research as a part of the educational process and actively encourage it.

There are often opportunities in the summer, as well as during the fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to contact professors directly to inquire if they have any undergraduate research positions available. Often faculty will hire a student who shows initiative and interest in their research. Please feel free to contact the research professors below. It is best to make an appointment with them to discuss their work and to see if they have any openings.

Why work in a research setting?

  • experience hands-on research
  • take part in cutting edge science
  • develop mentors who can help you in the future
  • make a tangible difference to the world around us
  • bridge class-room education and real world applications
  • increase your capacity for problem solving
  • prepare for graduate school
  • increase competitiveness in the job market

Frequently Asked Questions

Student working on laboratory equipment

How far in the program do I have to be?

Students have scored positions in research labs in their freshman year, so don’t be afraid to apply for opportunities if you meet the requirements. The earlier you start, the more opportunities you gain.

Do you get paid?

Many of the student positions in labs are paid, but there are also opportunities for internship credit instead. Both offer great experience, with one providing a paycheck and the other serving to meet one of your technical elective requirements.

Do I need special training?

Because many labs work with equipment or chemicals that can be harmful, safety training is required of students working in certain labs. Your lab supervisor will ensure you receive the training you need.

How much time will it take?

Positions vary from 5 to 20 hours per week, depending on the position, so look at your class schedule and make sure you can make the time commitment required.


Still not sure if research is right for you?

Schedule an appointment with your adviser. They can help you evaluate your career goals and how research might play a role in preparing you for the future. If you don’t know who your adviser is, pay a visit to the COEN Advising Office in RUCH 101.