The MSE department supports many of its undergraduate and graduate students through research assistantships. Many of our undergraduates begin working in research labs as freshmen or sophomores. Graduate students working toward M.S. degrees can earn a stipend while working as a graduate research assistant. Students are welcome to contact faculty members directly to learn more about opportunities in a particular research group. Undergraduate students can also send a cover letter and resume to their academic advisor.
What our students have to say about their research experiences:
“My favorite thing about the MSE department was working in a laboratory. I was exposed to scientific research, performed and presented my own research project, and learned how to use sophisticated instruments. The best part of working in the lab was the exposure to faculty and fellow students; I was part of the college of engineering, and not just some student passing through.” Pat Andersen, BS MSE, 2009
“One of my favorite things about the Boise State MSE program was the willingness of the professors to help and mentor the students. Also, Boise State is unique in allowing so many students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge base that comes from having hands on laboratory experience.” Crystal Grasmick, BS MSE, 2010
“My favorite things about the BSU MSE program were exposure to learning opportunities outside the regular curriculum of a classroom allowing students to learn and share additional skills that are important in the workplace. These skills include effective communication, teamwork, and access to the latest tools and techniques to problem solving.” Rebecca Hodkin, BS MSE, 2009