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Undergraduate Research

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What people are saying about research

Research means different things to different people. Read what important figures in the STEM areas think about research. Then look at the research labs at Boise State’s Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department for undergraduate research opportunities.

Now's the time to explore!

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We’re proud to offer research experience to our undergraduate students that larger universities reserve for their Ph.D. candidates. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in major research activities, contribute to published papers, and apply research methods to real-world problems. Our faculty view student involvement in research as a part of the educational process and actively encourage it.

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Recognizing our student researchers

The College of Engineering at Boise State University seeks to recognize our students who have demonstrated commitment to development as a researcher or in creative work while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Students completing requirements for the College of Engineering (COEN) Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD) will be recognized at an end-of-semester recognition ceremony for the department of your major. You will receive a certificate and an orange honor cord from the Dean’s Office to wear at commencement.

Learn more about the URSD

Research FAQs

Research Laboratories

The Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering program offers undergraduate and graduate students research opportunities in labs focused on biomechancis, materials, energy, control systems, and more.

Check out the MBE Research Labs


Why research?

Why work in a research setting?

  • experience hands-on research
  • take part in cutting edge science
  • develop mentors who can help you in the future
  • make a tangible difference to the world around us
  • bridge class-room education and real world applications
  • increase your capacity for problem solving
  • prepare for graduate school
  • increase competitiveness in the job market

When can I do it?

How far in the program do I have to be?

Students have scored positions in research labs in their freshman year, so don’t be afraid to apply for opportunities if you meet the requirements. The earlier you start, the more opportunities you gain.

Getting a position

How do I apply?

There are often opportunities to work in research labs during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summers.

Students are encouraged to contact professors directly to inquire if they have any undergraduate research positions available. Often faculty will hire a student who shows initiative and interest in their research.

The ME Department Office also sends out emails about potential openings, as well as posting them in student newsletters.

Do I get paid?

Many of the student positions in labs are paid, but there are also opportunities for internship credit instead. Both offer great experience, with one providing a paycheck and the other serving to meet one of your technical elective requirements.

Do I need special training?

Because many labs work with equipment or chemicals that can be harmful, safety training is required of students working in certain labs. Your lab supervisor will ensure you receive the training you need.

How much time will it take?

Positions vary from 5 to 20 hours per week, depending on the position, so look at your class schedule and make sure you can make the time commitment required.

Questions?

Still not sure if research is right for you?

Schedule an appointment with your adviser. They can help you evaluate your career goals and how research might play a role in preparing you for the future. If you don’t know who your adviser is, pay a visit to the COEN Advising Office in RUCH 101.