Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the exciting research going on in the College of IST. Research experience is a great resume builder and an excellent way to extend learning outside of the classroom. Whether considering graduate school, looking for a creative outlet, searching for a thesis project, or wanting to hone critical thinking skills, students will find many interesting projects in our labs, classrooms, and research centers.
College of IST Faculty Research Projects
Finding a research project of interest to you depends on your initiative. Although some students find good research project opportunities through the University's undergraduate research posting system, most find a good fit by taking the time to find out about faculty members' projects and making personal connections during office hours. A good place to discover what is happening in the College is the faculty research page.
College of IST Undergraduate Research Symposium
The College of IST encourages undergraduates to share their research with the broader community. The Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrates the accomplishments of IST Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship recipients who have worked with faculty supervisors. For information on the upcoming symposium, watch student listservs for announcements.
University Support for Undergraduate Research
The University provides a posting system, presentation opportunities, summer funding, and travel support through the Office of Undergraduate Education. Visit www.undergradresearch.psu.edu for more information.