Undergraduate Research in Engineering Education
The Engineering Education department engages undergraduate research assistants in many areas. Additionally, there are a variety of programs that offer distinct opportunities to students who wish to contribute and initiate research.
The engineering undergraduate research program (EURP) is designed to involve outstanding undergraduate students in research projects spanning data collection to refereed publication development. There are currently multiple students engaged with Engineering Education faculty to actively participate in the research process.
The Undergraduate teaching fellows program (UTF) allows students to engage in a myriad of teaching capacities working with our faculty to improve the educational outcomes of our undergraduate courses. Often, these individuals are involved in and outside of the classroom in varying extents ranging from helping develop course materials to grading and hosting tutoring sessions. In addition, if the UTF is interested, he or she may participate in classroom-related research with the Engineering Education faculty member.
The Engineering Education department also hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, designed to introduce undergraduate students to Engineering Education research. Accepted candidates engage with faculty on a current research project and receive a summer stipend for the work.
Our undergraduate research students present and develop papers for Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Emerging Researchers Network (ERN), Posters on the Hill at Utah’s state Capitol, as well as Engineering Education conferences such as American Educational Research Association (AERA), Frontiers in Education (FIE), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).