Research, design projects, and internships give WashU engineers the opportunity to blend theory and practice, develop team skills, and even earn a salary at local companies, such as Boeing, MasterCard, and Bayer, through internships, co-ops, and student projects.

As an undergraduate student, you can work side-by-side in the lab with some of the best faculty in engineering, medicine, and the sciences to solve problems, take entire courses focused on design, or create your own prototypes in our maker spaces and machine shop. You also can work with students from across WashU, including the medical school, through Sling Health, a student-run bioengineering design incubator that solves health care problems.

Summer research opportunities

The National Science Foundation’s Center for Engineering Mechanobiology (CEMB) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Center for Engineering Mechanobiology, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, seeks motivated undergraduate students for its Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Applicants may apply to sites at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and Washington University in St. Louis. Students participate in a 10-week, on-campus program, working in research groups at either Penn or WashU. Students are matched to projects within a research lab based on their interests, educational background, and previous research experience.

The CEMB is a national center leading the way to develop a new discipline and a new generation of scientific leaders to understand and control force in living systems. Many projects are interdisciplinary, providing opportunities to develop research skills in the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and engineering. Students develop practical research skills: collaborating, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. Other aspects of the program complement the lab experience and are oriented toward professional development and career skills: seminars, field trips, outreach, and professional and career workshops, including training in ethics and scientific communication.

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Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology Fellowship

In technically oriented fields, such as neurosurgery and neurointerventional radiology, technical innovation and leadership are synonymous. To engage these emerging trends, the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology (CINT) created a unique opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship that brings together engineering and neurosurgery faculty and students. The goal of the fellowship is for students to communicate with people from medical backgrounds to more effectively envision, articulate, and implement ideas to improve the practice of neurosurgery. Students will have the opportunity to work with neurosurgical and engineering faculty, other engineering students and a neurosurgical resident. The residents and students will design, draft and create the prototype of an original concept. At the end of the fellowship, students will present their design for industry evaluation at the corporate office of Stryker Corporation.

McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholars

Each year, select engineering students are chosen as James M. McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholars. Those selected receive an award to conduct research with any Washington University in St. Louis faculty member in engineering, medicine or the sciences. These Scholars also take advantage of special programming, including both cultural and academic activities.

The research award may be used for summer stipends to enable students to spend one or more summers at Washington University focusing on in-depth research projects. McKelvey Scholars are also eligible for all other merit-based scholarships and awards, as well as for need-based financial aid.

Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF)

The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program is designed to encourage exceptional students from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, to participate in engineering research. Fellows will enjoy a rewarding summer research experience at one of the nation’s top universities.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each year, more than 200 undergraduates showcase their research projects through poster presentations and visual and oral presentations during the university-wide undergraduate research symposium.

"The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a great way for students to showcase just how advanced undergraduate research can be," says Henry Biggs, PhD, associate dean in Arts & Sciences and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. "It allows students to examine what those in other disciplines are working on as well. The symposium gets more and more popular each semester as students see the benefit of presenting their work to such a wide audience."