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Engineering Research

Student Research

Student research can open an exciting new world of possibilities. An intriguing topic from class may become a viable path to a career or specialization, and pursuing research brings expertise, encouragement and a foundation for future accomplishment. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln excels at giving students productive ways to explore research.


  • UCARE, the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program, creates intellectual partnerships between UNL faculty and undergraduates by providing funds for research. Many Nebraska Engineering students join this program to add distinction to their academic experience, interact with bright and caring faculty, and earn money while working on an area of interest. UCARE connections also help professors to extend their research efforts while fostering the growth of talented students.
  • The Summer Research Program offers outstanding undergraduates the chance to work closely with faculty whose expertise is closely related to the students' academic interests and career goals. This experience provides first-hand exposure to the experiences of graduate school and faculty life.

Students work under faculty mentorship as part of a research team that may include graduate students, research scientists and other program students. Participants master important research skills and contribute to projects that are a vital part of the academic experience and a realistic foundation for advanced study, helping them prepare for future graduate work.

Team building, along with culturally and socially enriching activities, complements exposure to graduate level hands-on research in a one-on-one relationship with the experts. Applications are due in early March.


Master's and doctoral students choose to study with Nebraska Engineering on the strength of our programs, with sophisticated research facilities/centers including:



Aligning with programs and professors, Nebraska Engineering's graduate students can perform research in assistantships and grow through UNL's comprehensive professional development program that offers workshops on grant writing and management, publishing, curriculum vitae and portfolio development, and interviewing skills. Graduate students may also present their research in competitive poster sessions with opportunities available throughout the year.

To learn more about graduate programs in the UNL College of Engineeing, contact the department's graduate chair.