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College of Engineering

Research Affairs

Engaging intellectual explorers in many of the world’s most complex challenges.

At the largest public university and top-ranked engineering college in Idaho, rapidly growing research activity in arenas from microelectronics and materials science to environmental engineering, cybersecurity, biomedical engineering, and organizational performance help build a vibrant community and region. Our scholars partner with non-profits, industry, government, and universities across the country and around the world. Undergraduate and graduate students engage in our labs, and research outcomes inform the classroom experience.

In This Section. Explore this page, and then examine core facilities and services available to the campus and region, see our research at a glance, and note the many winners of a prominent research award.

Innovative Research

Scott Phillips conducts materials research to improve recycling practices and outcomes. Take a look.

Rapid Research Growth

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designates Boise State as an “R2” research institution. This means that faculty participate in high research activity, while also actively engaging with students and teaching.

Our culture prompts deep questioning, the interdisciplinary pursuit of complex problems, and needed, impactful studies. We see growth in hiring with over 100 full-time faculty members. College research awards have more than tripled over the past 10 years through 2022, and research activity expenditures have more than doubled in the past 5 years to $16.4 million.

Undergraduate and Graduate

Student Research

Many College of Engineering students contribute as researchers, often with nationally or internationally recognized collaborators. Opportunity is abundant. In fact, 80% of our undergraduate students graduate having had some research, laboratory, or internship experience.

We welcome inquiries.

Undergraduate Students

Engage in our research labs or through the Office of Undergraduate Research to extend classroom learning and open advanced education and workforce paths. Many students also apply for the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation.

Summer Research. The college regularly hosts students from across the country each summer through National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (NSF REU) sites. Our sites include: advanced manufacturing for a sustainable energy future, blockchain cybersecurity, data-driven cybersecurity, and materials for society.

Graduate Students

Engage through Ph.D., Master’s, and certificate programs at the highest-ranked graduate engineering program in Idaho. See our graduate student program overview and brochure to learn about our offerings, including numerous interdisciplinary research opportunities.

For example, Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. students study with engineers, biologists, and kinesiologists from three Boise State colleges.

You can also learn about fellowship programs, curricular opportunities, and undergraduate mentorship through the university Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship.

Research At A Glance

Explore our concise college research directory to learn about wide-ranging research across seven scientific disciplines. We welcome research inquiries and collaboration from potential students, academic institutions, and regional organizations.

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Doors Into Faculty and Student Research


See the kind of research we do by looking at these university and college sources that entirely or frequently showcase faculty and student work.

College Spotlight Newsletter

For Alumni & Friends

College Design Showcase

Student Research & Design Projects

College Faculty & Graduate Student Research

"ScholarWorks" School & Department Research

University Student Research

"ScholarWorks" Graduate & Undergraduate Research

Boise State Magazine

Boise State in Depth

University Beyond The Blue Podcast

Interviews with our Researchers & Others

University Explore Magazine

Focusing on University Research through 2021

Research Giving

Funders help our researchers do their work. We thank our regional and local honor roll of donors who have contributed funds of all amounts to research, scholarships, and other college initiatives. We welcome your contributions.

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