You don’t need to wait for graduate school to participate in cutting-edge research. In the Department of Mechanical Engineering, many of our students work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students on innovative, pioneering research. Students can earn academic credit for their efforts, as well as an hourly wage or summer stipend through the Cooperative Education program. By working in the hands-on environment of mechanical engineering research, students have an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to 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, which is why 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.

For more information about Undergraduate Research Opportunities, visit the UK Office of Undergraduate Research