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Undergraduate Research in Engineering

As the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university, UMass Amherst is dedicated to educating the public, generating new knowledge, and applying discoveries to the betterment of society.

80% of our College of Engineering undergraduate students participate in experiential learning activities that often involve research work, including internships, student clubs, laboratory research and fieldwork, entrepreneurial experiences, and service-learning opportunities.

The College of Engineering alone is home to over 15 research centers and programs. And as part of the UMass Amherst community, you’ll have access to the more than 60 campus-based research centers and institutes covering a wide array of disciplines and specialties. 

Participation in research can be a very rewarding component of an undergraduate engineering program. Motivated students can earn credit and satisfy some elective degree requirements by conducting independent study or thesis research with a supervising faculty member. Alternatively, students can be paid to conduct research, for example as part of a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UMass or at another university.

Current REUs through the College of Engineering

Other Research Resources and Opportunities

National Resources

Rising Researcher Award

The Rising Researcher award recognizes exceptional accomplishments of UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, and creative activity—and our students frequently make the list.