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ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. To search for opportunities, go to: www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm

CEMS Opportunities

In the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), there are ample opportunities for motivated undergraduate students to pursue research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.

UVM researchers bring in over $120 million in grants annually, and UVM ranks high in the list of colleges and universities surveyed for federal support of research and development.

Below are just some of the opportunities available throughout the College. For more information, contact the faculty member(s) listed or email info@cems.uvm.edu.


Dean's Office

The Dean's Office offers research opportunities to several high-achieving applicants to our undergraduate programs. Click here to see the list of faculty who serve as mentors and their area of research expertise. CS Student Charley Robinson works on a computer security research project.


Department of Computer Science

Evan Davis-Drennan,
  Fall 2012 (HCOL HEC),
  Built on-line interface for environmental data watermark decoding tool.
  Summer 2013 (likely, RA supported on external grant).
  Software development for environmental monitoring systems data pipeline.
Rebecca Colburn-Norton,
  Fall 2012 (HCOL HEC),
  Extended integral data watermarking system to floating-point data.
  Fall-Spring 2013/14 (HCOL Thesis).
  Developing communication protocols for wireless sensor network orchestration.
Dana Desautels,
  Fall-Spring 2013/14 (HCOL Thesis).
  Developing communication protocols for wireless sensor network orchestration.
Benjamin Witte,
  Spring 2012 (RA supported on external grant).
  Built web interface for wireless sensor network database.
Jonathan Russo,
  Spring 2012 (RA supported on external grant).
  Developed database back end for a wireless sensor network system.

School of Engineering

Accelerated Masters Programs
In an effort to expose students to engineering research earlier in their undergraduate careers, the School of Engineering offers accelerated MS programs in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering. Students in the program will normally work on research toward their thesis objective starting in the summer of their junior year.

Civil / Environmental Engineering
The Richard Barrett Scholarships provide prestigious, competitive awards to four to five outstanding undergraduate engineers who wish to pursue a specific research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. For more information, contact Professor Donna Rizzo (drizzo@uvm.edu).


Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) / NASA EPSCoR

The Vermont Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) / NASA EPSCoR offers a number of research opportunities:

  • VSGC supports two to three URECA (Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Awards) projects each year on topics of interest to NASA.
  • NASA EPSCoR small-scale grants support undergraduate students working with CEMS faculty during the summer.

For more information, contact Laurel Zeno (lczeno@uvm.edu).