Ohio State is a leading research institution, with outstanding faculty and opportunities for students to be engaged with research at a number of different levels. Consider getting involved with research to build connections with faculty, to develop stronger analytical and problem-solving skills, to become an expert in a topic, or to prepare for a graduate or professional program.
Why pursue undergraduate research?
- It is an opportunity to go beyond coursework experiences and establish practical skills to tackle engineering problems.
- It is an opportunity to explore a specialization of your interest in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
- You distinguish yourself from your peers, a significant factor recognized in pursuing a job.
- Being involved with research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to help prepare you for graduate school.
- It can be a rewarding and fun experience to meet peers with similar technical interests!
Finding a Research Advisor
Undergraduate research is one of the opportunities that students can pursue to complement their coursework and differentiate themselves as they build up a range of technical experiences to prepare for a future profession.
How to Find Undergraduate Research/Honors Opportunities
- Speak with faculty about your interest in undergraduate research!
- Which instructors have you enjoyed learning from? What classes did you find interesting? These instructors may already have research projects defined that would be appropriate for undergraduate work.
- Is there a topic in which you've developed an interest? If so, you could propose a research idea to a faculty member associated with your area of interest.
- Students who have been admitted to the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering majors have access to a Carmen webpage which includes a wide range of information regarding current undergraduate research opportunities and faculty looking for student matches.