The Richard Barrett Scholarship Program
The program provides prestigious awards to outstanding undergraduate engineers who wish to pursue a specific research project with environmental impacts under the mentorship of a faculty member.
The proposed projects must fit within the general research area of the faculty advisor. In this way, undergraduates have the opportunity and resources to pursue independent research as well as work closely with active faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields. Project ideas can be independently generated by the student or selected from research topics that have been described by faculty members.
The program is structured to reflect the application process and the execution of a program that would typically be funded by an external granting agency:
- Students are required to submit an application describing a specific research project to be completed under the direction of a faculty mentor;
- Applications are evaluated by a panel of UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences faculty, and the top ranked proposals are elected for funding; and
- Awardees carry out the research during a semester and a summer, create and present a poster describing their work and their results, and submit a final report detailing the outcomes.
In many instances, results may be suitable for presentation at regional or national conferences and/or publication.
Priority is given to students in their sophomore and junior year.