ECE Student Resources

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Each year, the UNL College of Engineering awards approximately $900,000 worth of student scholarships made possible by generous donations of alumni and friends of the college. To be eligible for engineering scholarships (including renewals), you must complete the general UNL Application for Scholarships by January 15. Eligibility for upperclass scholarships depends on a number of criteria determined by the various donors of the scholarships. Criteria vary widely but typically include your G.P.A., financial need, major, your hometown, and any number of other requirements. Scholarships information can be obtained from the following web site.

Scholarship or fellowship opportunities for Hispanic undergraduate student can be accessed at the following link:

Freshmen scholarships applications for UNL may be completed within your application for admission. Applying for these scholarships will automatically make you eligible for any College of Engineering scholarships. You must submit the UNL Application for Admission form (before January 15) to be eligible for College of Engineering scholarships for the following academic year.

Electronics Shop

The UNL Engineering Electronics Shop exists primarily to support electronic instrumentation in teaching and research laboratories. This involves both the maintenance of commercial equipment as well as the design and construction of custom instruments or circuitry.

Electrical Engineering students are most likely to deal with the EE Shop when they:

  • report problems with E.E. lab equipment, instruments or software
  • are looking for their PIN to enter keypad-equipped labs
  • want to purchase commonly used electronic components
  • need a custom-printed circuit board created from a student-drawn file
  • want to bounce questions or ideas about circuit design off of shop technicians

Details about each of these interactions are found at EE Shop is located in room 122, Scott Engineering Center. The office phone is 472-1969 and the e-mail is

While there are limits on what the shop can do for students - they won't do your design homework for you! - it is always appropriate to ask the staff questions having to do with the labs or electronic design. If they don't have the answer, they probably know who does.

In order for students to access laboratories, the first semester students register for an EE class, an e-mail with their keypad combination is automatically sent to the "official" e-mail account they gave to UNL as their contact for all university communications. That keypad combination stays with them for their entire time at UNL and does not change. For security reasons, additional e-mails will NOT automatically be sent each semester to remind students of this number. If they forget or lose it, they should e-mail USING THE "OFFICIAL" E-MAIL ADDRESS THEY GAVE UNL, or they can stop by the EE Shop and have us look it up.

EE Resource Room/Tutoring

A list of tutors is available from the Electrical Engineering department (SEC209N). At the beginning of each semester, students are invited to offer their services through these lists.

Co-ops and Internships

A tremendous variety of opportunities for internships and research experiences for undergraduate engineering students are available at UNL.

Internships and co-ops are available all year - fall, spring and summer. Internships may be part-time or full-time, and may continue beyond a single term. Part-time work schedules are usually flexible and negotiated by the student and supervisor. Although schedules vary, students generally work 10 to 15 hours per week in part-time internships while they continue to take classes. Co-ops are typically full-time, alternating semesters between full-time work and full-time classes.

The best time to begin applying for internships or co-ops is during or after the second semester of the sophomore year.

For local internships (in Lincoln, Omaha, or other Nebraska communities), you may apply right up to the beginning of the semester or summer you wish to work. National and international internships often have firm application deadlines well in advance of each semester or summer. You may need to apply as many as 12 months in advance for these programs.


Undergraduate Bulletin Board

Current full-time and part-time job opportunities are posted on the Undergraduate Bulletin Board, located across from the EE Conference Room (SEC 205N).

Study Abroad

Engineering has become a global career. The skills students learn studying abroad enhance their education and are attractive to potential employers. Through the summer Study Abroad program, students take classes from UNL faculty in Brazil, France, Italy or China and receive credit for special courses not available during the regular school year, such as Portuguese and the History of Science and Technology. Participants also work on independent study projects related to their majors and spend one week sightseeing and learning the country's culture. They can also take Engineering Technical Electives and get ahead in their degree.

Students at UNL may supplement their study abroad experience by joining the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE), which is dedicated to promoting and supporting study and work abroad opportunities.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination

In order to pursue a professional license, you must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. A student must have completed 90 or more credit hours toward his or her accredited engineering degree to be eligible to take the exam. Exams are usually given in October and April of each year. The UNL College of Engineering provides review sessions for the FE exam each semester. For more information contact the college or visit the following web site: National Council of Examiners.