Contact: Jeanne Murabito

Executive Director

Michigan Engineering

Student Affairs

(734) 647-7118

143 Chrysler Ctr

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The UROP program enables students to work one-on-one or as part of a small group of students on research projects conducted by faculty and research scientists all across campus. Students will choose research projects by looking through a catalog of over 700 research projects and will then interview for the positions with the faculty researcher. Students spend an average of nine to ten hours per week working on their research projects. Students can participate in the program for academic credit through ENGR 280. Students receive one credit per three hours of work per week. Most students register for three credits, which is a nine-hour commitment per week. Students with work-study awards in their financial aid package can also participate for work-study support. All students participating in the program are also required to attend a biweekly research peer seminar, meeting monthly with a peer advisor, read research-related articles (e.g., research ethics, research in specific disciplines, research methods) and complete short journal assignments.

All first- and second-year Engineering students are eligible to apply to UROP. Current first year students will be sent informational materials in March and the deadline to apply is March 31st, although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Informational materials will be sent out in May to newly admitted first-year students. Students are encouraged to apply early. Selection is done on a rolling basis and determined by a student's level of interest in research, academic background, area of research interest and availability of positions. The program also has a small junior/senior program for students who have not had previous research experience.

For more information and to access the online application, please visit the UROP website.

Also note that many individual CoE departments support undergraduate research experiences. Students should see a departmental undergraduate program advisor to discover any opportunities in each department.

Military Officer Education Program

Opportunities are offered through Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for officer training in military, naval and air science leading to a commission upon graduation. Enrollment is voluntary (see conditions of enrollment under the respective program by visiting the website. If elected, the grades earned will be recorded and used in the computation of grade point averages and credit hours for the 300- and 400-level courses will be included with the hours completed toward the degree. A maximum of 12 credit hours of 300- and 400-level ROTC courses may be used as general electives at the discretion of the program advisors.

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative (co-op) Education Program assists students in pursuing an optional program of work while studying in the College of Engineering. Students can find co-op positions independently or by using ECRC resources such as Engineering Careers by Symplicity, a web-based recruiting system. A co-op search is just as any other job search — students apply to organizations and then may be invited to interview. Students must work a minimum of thirty hours per week for a minimum of six weeks while on a co-op work assignment.

Full-time students are eligible to participate in the Cooperative Education Program. A student can be enrolled in the Cooperative Education Program for a single semester or multiple semesters. Co-op students participating in the program for multiple semesters may tailor their work assignments for consecutive terms, for example May to December, January to August or alternate work and school semesters.

Finding a Position through the ECRC

The ECRC posts co-op positions on its web-based recruiting system, Engineering Careers by Symplicity. Employers provide the Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) with a job description and requirements for the co-op position. Students should submit their resumés through the online system. The employer will review the resumes and select students to interview on campus, at the employer location, or by telephone.

Final selection of a student for co-op work assignment is a mutual agreement entered into by the employer and the student, and the student becomes an employee of that company. Note that the Engineering Career Resource Center does not guarantee a co-op position for every applicant; however, every effort is made to assist students finding appropriate positions.

Work Assignment

While working a co-op assignment, students are subject to the rules and regulations of the employer. Work assignments must be at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks. The employer will evaluate the student's performance at the end of the co-op work term and forward the evaluation to the Engineering Career Resource Center. Co-op students are also required to complete and return an evaluation report of their learning experience to the ECRC.

Getting Started

Students interested in the co-op programs should contact the Engineering Career Resource Center, pick up a co-op packet and discuss the rules and regulations of the Cooperative Education Program with the co-op coordinator. Co-op students are registered in ENGR 400 while on a co-op work assignment; registration is by permission only and must be completed through the ECRC.

Engineering Career Resource Center
230 Chrysler Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2192
Phone: (734) 647-7160