Preparing students to be researchers

WPI’s hallmark projects program gives undergraduates opportunities to engage in research throughout their four years. Working with faculty members on campus in WPI's state-of-the-art laboratories, where they are often valued participants in graduate research projects; at leading research institutions, including University of Massachusetts Medical School; and with organizations around the globe through the university’s renowned Global Projects Program, undergraduates have the chance to dive deep and explore what it means to engage in high-level research. That’s why employers and graduate schools are eager to accept WPI graduates into the workforce and leading graduate programs. They have the knowledge and the interdisciplinary skills needed to attack a problem from all angles.

Project Presentation Day

The university each year celebrates undergraduate research through special awards and events, including Project Presentation Day—a campuswide symposium that gives every undergraduate the opportunity to share his or her Major Qualifying Project (MQP) with faculty advisors, sponsors, and the campus community.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

WPI is proud to host National Science Foundation REUs for students in Data ScienceBiomedical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Summer Research Experiences

WPI supports individual student researchers in faculty labs via a competitive application process through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. More information may be obtained from the Undergraduate Studies Office at 508-831-5404.

At WPI, undergraduate students are actively involved in research with real-world impact. Through hands-on projects, lab work, and collaborations with faculty and peers, undergraduates are discovering innovative solutions to critical problems across a wide range of fields. The WPI Undergraduate Research Journal (WURJ) provides a venue to share these impressive research achievements with the campus and larger academic community. 

Luce Scholars: Promoting Women in STEM

The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded the university a Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award. The grant will support research by undergraduate women in math, computer science, physics, and robotics engineering and will fund up to eight research scholars annually over a three-year period.

WPI is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research

According to CUR, the definition of undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. WPI is a proud gold sponsor of the 2017 NCUR Conference. We are also pleased to announce that Natalie Wellen's MQP research on financial regulation has been selected for the 21st Posters on the Hill event in April in Washington, DC. 

Visit the CUR website to learn more about the organization.