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School of Engineering

Undergraduate Research

Research is at the heart of the engineering program at Tufts. More than 60 percent of Tufts undergraduate engineering students participate in independent research. Whether it's through a research internship, a scholarship program, or a connection made with a faculty member on campus, the chances to make significant research contributions are around every corner.

Summer Scholars Program
Tufts Summer Scholars Program is a university-wide initiative that offers research apprenticeships with faculty/clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates. The Dean of the School of Engineering provides additional funds to support undergraduate research each summer in each of the engineering departments.

Tisch Scholars Program
Offered through the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, the Tisch Scholars is a unique leadership development program that combines academic coursework, fieldwork in local communities, skill-building, and critical reflection. Scholars acquire the values, knowledge, and skills they need to address pressing social issues and effect meaningful change while building a supportive community to strengthen civic engagement at Tufts University and beyond.

Tufts Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium
An annual Tufts tradition that celebrates the diverse contributions made by Tufts undergraduates to scholarship and research advances. It includes presentations by undergraduates from all disciplines: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

Senior Honors Thesis Program
The Senior Honors Thesis Program allows students to pursue a program of independent study usually leading to a senior thesis and a defense. The principal purpose of the program is to give special impetus to the development of self-reliance, individual initiative, habits of critical analysis, and correlation of knowledge. As this is an honors program, admission is restricted to students who have been on the Dean's List at least twice before their senior year.

Faculty Research Grants
Tufts undergraduate students are often able to perform research in a faculty member's lab alongside graduate students under the faculty member's supervision. These opportunities may be paid through the associated research grant, or the student may apply for funding through the Undergraduate Research Fund. If a particular faculty member's research interests you, ask them about possible research opportunities.

NSF REU Programs
Tufts students are eligible to perform research at other universities through summer research programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Search for an REU location.

In spring 2017, Tufts School of Engineering will host its own REU program for qualified students.

Summer Scholar Grace Aro

Filtering clean drinking water

In the  Summer Scholars  program, junior Grace Aro made membranes and tested their ability to filter contaminants out of water.