University of Vermont

CEMS Career Readiness Program

Research Opportunities

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines research as, “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline” ( The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers an array of valuable resources for all UVM undergraduate students promoting mentored research, creative works, and scholarship.

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Why Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research can make you look at terms and techniques learned in the classroom in a whole new way. You can build a very impressive resume and academic record, which will promote you to the graduate school, professional school, or position of your choice.)

  • Research leads to a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline's current practices.
  • It teaches creative problem solving and communication skills.
  • It allows you to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the real world.
  • Research challenges you to demonstrate the ability to finish a project.
  • Offers you the chance to work closely with a faculty mentor.
  • It allows you to build your resume while learning in depth skills you will be able to use in your life post-grad.
  • It helps you explore potential career paths and fields.
  • Research provides an introduction to how work is conducted in your discipline.
Finding a Faculty Mentor

UVM is what is called a “high research activity” institution. What this means is that every tenured or tenure-track faculty member is doing their own research outside of what they might be teaching in their classrooms. That is one of the reasons that OUR cannot maintain a database with all the opportunities available to students. But the UVM website can act as one. If you search through the departments that you are interested in, you will find that each faculty member has a C.V., research website, or profile that will provide all the information that you could want about the research that is being done by your professors.

Funding Resources

Richard Barrett Scholarships
Promoting Undergraduate Expertise in Environmental Engineering

Award Description: The Barrett Foundation provides summer research scholarships for four to five top students in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS).The program provides prestigious, competitive awards to outstanding undergraduate engineers who wish to pursue a specific research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The proposed projects must fit within the general research area of the faculty advisor and must be approved prior to proposal submission.
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Energy-Climate Public Impact Research Fellowship (EC PIRF)

Award Description: The Energy-Climate Public Impact Research Fellowship helps RSENR or CEMS students defray the personal costs of accepting a research internship (or internship with a significant research portion) focusing on energy and climate mitigation through energy system change. Five awards are available; each award is for a maximum of $4000 in stipend.
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Mini Grant (MG)

Award Description: A small sum of money available during the academic year and the summer to put towards expenses incurred due to research. Students may use the funds to cover the costs related to research and creative projects, such as disposable /consumable media for the lab or studio, printing, specialized software, admission fees, rental of equipment, or participant incentives. Students may not receive funds for living expenses during the academic year or for charges incurred for UVM courses.

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Summer Research Award (SRA)

Award Description:Summer Research Awards allow 20 students to focus on their research, creative or scholarly activities during the summer by providing a $4000 stipend for summer research. See the "General Application" Requirements for more information. Because this is a stipend, supplementary funds for research costs may be applied for via the MG (above).

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Brennan Summer Research Fellowship

Award Description: The Brennan Summer Research Fellowship recognizes the top 2-3 summer research award proposals. This is awarded to the highest qualified students that apply for the Summer Research Award (above) and therefore is not a separate application process.

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CEMS Research Experience for Undergraduates -- CEMS-REU

Award Description: CEMS is creating a research experience for undergraduates (REU) to promote opportunities for students to engage in research projects (CEMS-REU). This program will provide stipends intended to incentivize undergraduate engagement in research. This new program will fund up to 100 opportunities for one semester REU's during the academic year 2016-2017. The most important quality you will bring to this position is your eagerness to learn. Our faculty do research in a variety of areas. Reach out to them to learn more about their research and any REU opportunities they might have.

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