You don’t need to wait for graduate school to participate in cutting-edge research. In the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, many of our students pursue undergraduate research, working side-by-side with faculty and graduate students on experimental and computational problems. Students can earn academic credit for their efforts, as well as an hourly wage or summer stipend. By working in the hands-on environment of chemical and materials engineering research, students have an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge by solving real-world problems. Our undergraduates often present the results of their research at regional and national conferences, and the department has a long tradition of student recognition and awards for outstanding research projects. In addition, undergraduate research provides an excellent foundation for future graduate work, and every year some of our top graduates elect to pursue a masters or Ph.D. degree either at UK, or at other outstanding universities throughout the country.
Also, a number of students pursue full-time research during the summer months as part of our Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
For more information about Undergraduate Research Opportunities, visit the UK Office of Undergraduate Research