Conduct meaningful research with faculty
The experiential learning that begins in your first semester and continues through hands-on design challenges culminates in authentic research experiences with faculty in their laboratories. You’ll learn more about science and design than you ever thought possible—even if what you learn is that laboratory life isn’t for you.
Many Opportunities Available
Students can deeply engage in research through independent study and multi-semester research fellowship programs such as Pratt Research Fellows and the Katsouleas NAE Grand Challenges Scholar.
To help our student researchers share their discoveries, we provide financial support so they can make presentations at professional conferences. An immersive research experience will provide you with skills you’ll use throughout your career—and make your resume stand out from the crowd.
Katsouleas Grand Challenges Scholar | Read story »
Being a Grand Challenge Scholar opened my eyes to broader systemic injustices, especially racial and socioeconomic injustices—not just in the US, but worldwide. I really want to work to address those inequities.
Find a Research Experience with Muser
Duke’s online student research network is the place to start. Our faculty research labs list opportunities for undergraduates within the Muser system. Typically, there are three rounds of recruiting every calendar year. Research experiences usually last one semester.Search Muser
Independent Study for Credit
This is your opportunity to work under faculty supervision on a research topic that you choose while earning course credit. Typically, first- and second-year students enroll in an independent study course as a free elective. Third- and fourth-year students enroll in an advanced elective in their major.
The first step is to request an independent study. The deadline is two days before Drop/Add Ends.
A special note to our Trinity College peers: You can participate in these experiences, too!Submit a request
Pratt Research Fellowships
The Pratt Research Fellows Program provides opportunities for immersive research over three semesters. Third-year and advanced second-year students are encouraged to apply. Typically, Pratt Fellows graduate with distinction and with many other honors.Program details and application
Katsouleas NAE Grand Challenges Scholars
The Thomas C. Katsouleas National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges Scholars Program seeks leaders with the drive to take on some of the biggest challenges facing humanity—and want to start while they are still undergraduates.Program details and application
Experiential learning doesn’t end in the lab. It continues to authentic professional activity, including presenting your discoveries at academic and scientific conferences. As part of our holistic approach to student support, the Pratt School of Engineering provides grants of up to $500 to help students attend national or regional research conferences.Apply for a grant
Undergraduate Research Contacts
Grand Challenges Scholar Strives for Equity in Water and Sanitation
Elizabeth Griffin CEE ’19 is determined to address the critical issue of water and sanitation access
The Student Experience: Research Intensives
Gifted with curiosity and an independent nature? The Pratt Research Fellows program might be right up your alley
Infinite Opportunities: Pratt Research Fellows
The Pratt Research Fellows program offers juniors the opportunity to pursue valuable research experience for three semesters and a summer