Undergraduate Research (MAE 496)
All students completing undergraduate research also gain experience working with department faculty. You will establish a relationship with your advisor that may introduce you to pathways you didn’t know existed, to collaborators in government labs, industry, and other academic institutions, and can lead to a letter of recommendation where they have the ability to discuss your strengths as an employee.
- NCSU Office of Undergraduate Research Student Financial Support Grants
o Offers fall and spring grants in April/May prior to the next academic year
o Offers spring only grants in September/October prior to the next spring semester
o Offers summer grants in February/March
- NC Space grant
o Research can be conducted during 10 weeks over the summer or during the academic year
- MAE department
o The MAE department currently receives funds from the College of Engineering that supports undergraduate research. Students can be nominated by a faculty member at the beginning of each semester, or for a summer position.
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
o This program by the National Science Foundation allows students to work at various REU sites across the country conducting research on a specific project.
o These projects typically occur over the summer months
o Undergraduate students supported must be citizens or permanent residents of the Unites States or its possessions.
- Department faculty
o Faculty may have projects where they have already specified funds for an undergraduate researcher or a temporary employee.
o Faculty with an active NSF award may request an undergraduate research supplement that can awarded to an eligible undergraduate student.
How to sign up:
MAE students who have identified a faculty advisor and want to pursue the for-credit route for undergraduate research can fill out the MAE 496 Sign-Up Request Form before the beginning of the upcoming semester. This form will be reviewed by the MAE UG Advising office. If all the requested information is properly submitted, and the professor confirms advisement, the office will enroll you in MAE496.
MAE 496 Guidelines:
Course Title: MAE 496 Undergraduate Project Work in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Units: 1-3 (students may apply up 6 credit hours of MAE 496 toward ME or AE degree requirements)
Offering: Fall, Spring and Summer
Requisites: Successful completion of at least some 300-level MAE lecture courses.
Course Description: Individual or group project in undergraduate-level design, analysis or research in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Work is performed under the direction of an MAE faculty advisor. The student provides a project proposal, interim report, and final report.
Assignments and deadlines:
1. Project proposal (due by the beginning of the semester)
2. Midterm report (due in the middle of the semester)
3. Final report and project summary PPT slide (due at the end of the semester)
* Students will receive reminder emails from the MAE undergraduate office for each of the deadlines listed above.