Interested in research opportunities at UVA and beyond? Read on to learn how you can apply for undergraduate research opportunities on Grounds (during the semester and summer) or across the country (summer).

First, learn about ways to engage in undergraduate research with UVA Engineering and CS faculty members.

We’ve asked Engineering faculty to post opportunities within their labs in Handshake! In the Jobs section of Handshake, search for “Engineering Undergraduate Research” (the handful of posts that start with these three keywords are UVA specific – you’ll also find other engineering research opportunities with other orgs). Deadlines are as early as January 1st. Questions? Contact engineeringcareers@virginia.edu.

In addition to applying to opportunities within Handshake, read these tips and advice on how to engage with research in the Engineering School.

Second, check out the VA-NC Alliance's Summer Research Program.

Students from UVA and other universities in Virginia and North Carolina can apply to this program, which will be hosted by UVA in Summer 2022! Participants are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to research and other program activities, with an emphasis placed on conducting research in a lab setting where well-defined research goals, frequent communication, and significant contributions from multiple researchers are central to the success of a given project. The program also offers a writing workshop, graduate school preparation, guest speaker presentations on topics related to STEM, and field trips to local attractions. Compensation is a $4,200 stipend for the entire summer plus on-Grounds housing at the University of Virginia. Learn more and apply by February 1st.

UVA Engineering undergraduate research

Finally, consider applying to summer research opportunities across the country through NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).

In an REU, you’ll work with a team on a specific research project, be granted a stipend, and in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Many deadlines are as early as late January and early February while others are in early March. Applications may require an online application, unofficial transcript, personal statement, and/or letters of recommendation.

Learn more and search for opportunities.

Tips:

  • Search by field of interest (there are 141 REUs in Engineering but you can also choose Materials Research, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and others)
  • Search by state – REUs take place across the country
  • Search by research areas/keywords

You’ll also find some REU listings in Handshake, which often point back towards the NSF site.

Schedule an advising appointment or drop by during drop-in advising hours if we can support your search for a research opportunity (during the summer or academic year).