Student Research


All students in the ECE Department will contribute to meaningful, productive research prior to graduation through:

  • A paid undergraduate research position,
  • Participating in the UROP Program,
  • and/or completing a senior capstone design project.

OUR – Office of Undergraduate Research

Students are eligible for a wide selection of interdisciplinary research positions across campus through the University of Utah’s OUR program.

Find research positions online: our.utah.edu


Other undergraduate research positions will be emailed to all students pursuing a degree in ECE periodically by the executive secretary. These emails will be sent to a student’s U-mail address. Students are encouraged to check their Umail account frequently as we also email job opportunities and career fair information periodically to this address.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students and faculty members the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.

UROP provides assistantships up to $1200 for a first semester to students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project, or who carries out a project of her/his own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for a UROP assistantship for any semester (summer included), and are eligible to apply for a one semester renewal up to $600.

More information available at: http://urop.utah.edu/


Senior Capstone Design Projects

All ECE students will participate in a senior capstone design project to fulfill graduation requirements.

The options for completing this project include:

  • Particpating in the Engineering Clinic Program in a team of 4-5 students who work on an industrial-sponsored student project;
  • Participating in a group research project with a faculty advisor and 2-5 fellow students;
  • Or completing an individual research project under the direction of a faculty advisor.

ECE students will register during the Spring semester of their Junior year for their capstone design project.

The Engineering Clinic Program registration will happen in February. Students will apply to the program and will be selected by faculty advisors assigned to each project.

Students who are not assigned to a Clinic team or who prefer to work on a different group or individual project will register for their projects in April of their junior year.

All capstone design projects require one semester of planning and writing to fulfill CLEAR requirements as well as two semesters of working on the project under the direction of a faculty advisor.

More info on senior projects and capstone design