"[Perhaps at my first job] they’ll give me a project and say, 'Figure out how to do this.’ Since I’ve already done critical thinking and seen how a project can change, it will be easier. I won’t need someone to tell me exactly what to do or how to do it." Isabella Garver '18
Solve Problems. Make an impact. Become the expert.
From the first to last day, you can find opportunities to perform research at WPI. Ask around or consult with your academic advisor to find opportunities that will suit your interests. A willingness and passion for doing research as an undergraduate will lead to life-changing experiences.
What do students need to know about undergraduate research?
- How do I find an MQP research project in my major that matches my interests?
Can I do research outside my major?
- Yes, students are allowed to engage in research that is not in their major as long as they can still fill all graduation requirements.
- Can I do research separate from my MQP? Can I do this before my senior year?
What should I ask my advisor about research opportunities?
- Ask the differences between local and global projects.
- Ask if independent research would fit your academic plan if you’re interested.
- Ask how your MQP choices can impact your career path.
- Will I get paid for my research?
Summer Research Pays Off
Summer is an excellent time to be on campus. Students and faculty have more time to devote to research projects, and more projects and research opportunities mean students are likely to find a topic that interests them.