Research is an exciting process that requires investigation and experimentation leading to the discovery of new knowledge. At Stevens, the methods utilized to offer you this type of hands-on experience vary by academic department, but a common thread of creation and discovery is woven into all of the undergraduate programs. Here are just a few of the routes you can follow.
How to Participate in Research
Many Stevens professors, as well as graduate students pursuing their master's or doctoral degree, employ undergraduates in the fall and spring semesters to assist with their projects for academic credit or for a stipend.
As a research university, Stevens has had long-standing ties with leading corporations that hire undergraduates for summer positions to assist in their labs. Stevens students also have access to contact federal research laboratories to apply for a summer fellowship.
Several academic departments offer innovative courses and seminars so you can earn academic credit while conducting research. Course requirements and the number of credits earned varies by department.
More Exciting Research Options
Innovation & Entrpreneurship (I&E) Summer Research Scholars
In this program, undergraduates engage in research, innovative design, or business projects for 10 weeks over the summer. Students identify a suitable project, find a faculty member to work with, and submit a proposal to the committee. Projects are funded by the Office of Institute Technology Initiatives.
Stevens Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Summer Research Scholars appreciate the opportunity to engage in these exciting research endeavors on campus.
The capstone senior design project is intended to be the culmination of the undergraduate experience, where knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to a major design project. The School of Engineering recognizes the value of having the senior projects be sponsored by industry and has the goal of having the majority of senior projects sponsored or defined and mentored in collaboration with an industrial partner. This provides meaningful projects of value to the sponsor, and it imbues a professional orientation in the student team as they work towards providing the sponsor with deliverables in a manner that simulates the environment in which they will shortly be operating. At the same time the project is crafted to meet the educational goals of the capstone design course, which runs the full senior year.
The Stevens Scholar Program
About 10 percent of each freshman class is invited to join the competitive Stevens Scholars program. By participating, you are able to take the Freshmen Seminar -- a course designed to help first year students define and understand research, and write and defend a research proposal.
During the semester you also visit labs on campus and at corporate sites like Bell Labs and Princeton Infusion. As a Stevens Scholar you automatically get to conduct research in the summer with Stevens faculty while living on campus and earning a stipend.