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.
Undergraduate Research & 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, the arts,
and international relations.
Thesis Honors Program
The Thesis Honors Program allows students to pursue a program of independent study usually
leading to a senior thesis and a qualifying examination. 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. Students pursuing a CIS thesis
are eligible for thesis honors. Since this is an honors program, admission is restricted to
students whose names have appeared on the Dean's List. The application process should be
completed during the junior year, including the summer of the senior year. For detailed
information see the Tufts
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
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.