Special Research Programs & Funding

Undergraduate research offers exciting chances to discover fascinating new avenues that could lead to a new career or an advanced degree option.

WPI students have internal and external opportunities for doing research that makes a difference. Even though not all undergraduate research is funded, several funding sources exist for WPI students who wish to do research, including fellowship and scholarship programs and summer experience grants.

First, ask your advisor if any department-specific funded research is available. Here are a few additional opportunities to explore.


Early Research Experience

The Early Research Experience in E-Term (EREE) is an excellent opportunity for first- and second-year students to have an initial immersive research experience during summer’s E-Term.


Summer Training in Arts & Sciences Research (STAR) Program

The STAR Program offers fellowship stipends to support WPI undergraduate students doing summer research.



National Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Programs

REUs are National Science Foundation-sponsored summer research opportunities. WPI students may apply for REUs across the country to find immersive and relevant research.



Federal Work-Study

Students receiving federal work-study funding aid may be able to obtain a research assistant position as their work-study job. Even taking on a role in a different discipline than a designated major can teach valuable skills and expand a professional network.


WPI REU Programs

Although students usually apply for a National Science Foundation-supported research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) at a school other than their own, participating in an on campus REU is a great opportunity to gain undergraduate research experience.