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
Research Laboratories and Faculty
- CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute (CEERI) – John Gardner, Ph.D. , P.E.
- Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research
- Ceramic MEMS Laboratory – Don Plumlee, Ph.D., P.E.
- Computational Biosciences Laboratory – Clare Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
- Computational Materials Lab – Mahmood Mamivand, Ph.D.
- Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory – Gunes Uzer, Ph.D.
- Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory (NTM Lab) – Trevor J. Lujan, Ph.D.
- Robot Control Laboratory – Aykut C. Satici, Ph.D.
- Smart Materials Laboratory – Zhangxian “Dan” Deng, Ph.D.
- Nothing at the moment. Check back regularly!
Frequently Asked Questions
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.