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Research Fellows Program

Program Overview

Research Fellows are engaged in meaningful research projects with an engineering faculty member. The aspects of research you may be involved in vary depending on your project. Examples of the areas include:

  • Securing grants to fund the project
  • Designing and conducting lab experiments
  • Handling specialized technical equipment
  • Writing research reports and papers for publication
  • Presenting your research at conferences

Each year, Research Fellowships are awarded for $1250 per semester

Conducting research can help you

  • Better understand your engineering discipline
  • Enhance self-confidence
  • Pre-test interest in pursuing graduate school or future research opportunities in engineering

Research Descriptions

The Research Fellows (RFs) are often involved in multiple aspects of the research process, including:

  • Securing grants to fund their projects
  • Designing and conducting lab experiments
  • Handling specialized technical equipment
  • Writing research reports and papers for publication
  • Presenting their research at conferences

The research experience often translates into a better understanding of the engineering discipline, enhancement of self-confidence, and an increased interest in pursuing graduate school or future research opportunities in engineering. Near the end of each semester, the research fellows present their research to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and friends at the WIE Research Forum and Celebration. The program has been such a success that 100% of RFs report that they will recommend the program to other students, and 100% of the faculty involved would like to participate in the program again.

Sample past projects of WIE undergraduate research fellows:

  • Aerosol’s reactions in development of specialty powders. Experimental and computational methods are researched through mixing of dry powders and developing effective algorithms.
  • Design a new model for a hearing aid using existing literature an PSPICE
  • Develop a code related to error detection and handling in dynamically reconfigurable real time systems (DRRTS)
  • Use of Physics of Failure (POF) to identify the dominant failure mechanisms for high fidelity speaker assemblies used in automotive applications
  • Address the ignition characteristics of representative residential exterior wall assemblies. Investigation and evaluation of new Fall/Spring techniques for use in the autocalibration of the new power assisted space suit glove.
  • Investigation of the distribution of embedded system software via the World-Wide Web
  • Development of a worldwide web site to provide assistance in the mechanical design of electronic systems for operation at temperatures above the traditional limit of 125 degrees
  • Format of a graphical display that is compatible and meaningful for both experimental data and computer predictions and to manipulate the data acquired dealing with fluid mechanics in the reactor
  • Chemistry linkage between enzymes and supports that could be engineered to optimize activity and stability under adverse environments
  • To design and evaluate a control system that would increase the stability of bearingless rotors and make elastomertic dampers unnecessary in military helicopters
  • Develop procedures to synthesize and characterize layered double hydroxides with a variety of chemical compositions
  • Exploit the potential characteristics of SMA to develop a smart trail-edge flap of an aircraft wing
  • Design and construction of a hydrodynamic bearing apparatus in which the characteristic curve of torque versus rotation rate can be measured accurately
  • Examine the photoncorrelation spectometer precision as well as analyzes the biomodal distribution of binary mixture of monomodal latexes

Program Requirements

As a WIE Undergraduate Research Fellow you would be required to:

  • Conduct research 6-10 hours per week for two semesters
  • Attend a fall semester orientation session
  • Participate in a focus group once each semester and complete an end of semester questionnaire
  • Present your research at the end of spring semester as a part of Undergraduate Research Day


Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in engineering. Due to restrictions of particular program sponsors, some fellowships may be limited to specific engineering majors or U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Program Application

  1. Select a faculty member to work with. The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program has a database of faculty looking for undergraduate researchers, click here to view the listings.
  2. Complete the online application, which includes uploading a Research Proposal (2 pages max)
  3. Download and complete the WIE Research Fellowship Agreement [pdf]
  4. Send the agreement to:

    Women in Engineering Program
    Attention: Greg Stinson
    1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    College Park MD 20742

    or email to

Students must select a faculty member to work with, submit a research proposal, complete an application, and obtain a copy of their undergraduate transcript. This program is a two semester commitment, and stipends of $1250 per semester are awarded upon completion of the research each semester.

Funding Provided By

L3 Communications

L-3 Communications