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. Several funding sources exist for WPI students who wish to pursue research experiences, although not all undergraduate research is funded.

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.
 

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

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

Students usually apply for a National Science Foundation-supported research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) at a school other than their own, but that doesn’t rule out participation in an REU on campus.

Building Landmine-locating Drones

"I’d wanted to do something that has a big global impact. It’s a great feeling to have an impact on peoples’ lives directly … I learned a lot more than electrical engineering." Nicholas Lanotte '19 

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three male students working with a drone
Nicholas Lanotte (right) works with his MQP team on a landmine-detecting robot.