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Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Duke Engineering offers students unparalleled opportunities to conduct research
Mentored undergraduate research experiences available to Duke Engineering students include:
- Volunteer work in faculty research laboratories
- Independent study for credit
- Funded multi-semester research fellowships
To aid in discovering research opportunities that match their interests, students have access to Muser—a browseable online directory of available projects.
Find a Research Experience
The place to start: Muser
Duke Engineering labs list research experience opportunities in Muser with contact details.
- Typically, research experiences are a semester
- There are three rounds of recruiting each calendar year
- Students should carefully note application deadlines
Request Independent Study for Credit
Work under faculty supervision on a research topic of your choosing
Whether you are accepted to a project through Muser or you've identified a project through direct contact with a faculty member, you have the option of pursuing independent study course credit.
- 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
Click below to submit a request for an independent study. The deadline is two days before Drop/Add Ends.
Note for students in Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences: You can participate in these engineering research experiences. Click the button to submit your request.
Multi-Semester Research Fellowships
Learn more about these prestigious and focused research opportunities
Pratt Research Fellows
Three semesters of independent undergraduate engineering study, plus summer research.
Katsouleas NAE Grand Challenges Scholars
Focused investigation on a selected NAE Grand Challenge for Engineering—including entrepreneurship opportunities, service-learning and courses outside of engineering.
Interdisciplinary university research teams—usually two semesters. Some have a summer session.
Duke Engineering undergraduate students
have intensive research experiences with faculty
publish or present a research paper off-campus
- Top 20
Overall U.S. ranking of Duke Engineering faculty scholarly productivity
Sources: Senior Exit Survey; Academic Analytics