At The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the faculty takes an active role in research, which is funded by both private and government sources. Faculty members view student involvement in research as a part of the educational process and actively encourage it.
Many students at Columbia SEAS are destined for the professional research environment, while others may work in professional capacities as well as perform research. It is the purpose of the program to enable undergraduate students to participate.
Participation in the program is voluntary, although students are advised that the faculty expects students to honor any commitment they may make. Many mechanical-engineering faculty members involve undergraduate students in their research projects.
Current URIP opportunities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Students apply directly to REU sites and can consult the directory of active REU sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm