Undergraduate

Learn more about our research before you commit to graduate school.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The Summer REU program offers a research opportunity to domestic undergraduates from universities outside of the Center partnerships who are majoring in electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, computer science and related fields. The undergraduate student will spend 10 weeks during the summer conducting research at one of the Center’s five partner universities, learning different aspects of university research, and presenting their work at symposia.

This program is open to U.S Citizens and permanent residents only. Women and members of under-represented minority population are encouraged to apply.

A $4,000 stipend is paid for the summer research experience. On-campus housing will be provided and up to $500 for travel reimbursement for those students arriving outside of a 50 mile radius of the host university.

If you are interested in applying to the 2017 REU program, please complete the FREEDM 2017 Application

**New in 2016 NC State undergraduate students majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering may apply to the summer REU program.  There are a limited number of research opportunities available.  Please follow the guidelines for the Summer REU program. The application deadline is February 26, 2017.

Year Long Undergraduate Research Program

You guessed it! There’s also a year long research program. This is for sophomore, junior and rising senior undergraduates majoring in electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, computer science and related fields at one of the Center’s five partner universities. Women and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

This year-long research experience will immerse the student in a more robust interaction with the Center’s research projects. In addition, the student will be required to attend bi-weekly program meetings, Center seminars and workshops, present at symposia, and submit a final project paper.

Accepted students receive a $2000 stipend per semester with a one-time $500 travel award available to present research outside of the home university. Summer research is optional and not financially supported.

Applications are accepted annually, students are also required to submit:

  • Letter of interest indicating an understanding of the FREEDM mission, system and the student’s future goals as well as linking how their past experiences and this research opportunity would help obtain those goals
  • Unofficial transcript, and
  • Letter of recommendation.

If you are interested in applying to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Year Long program, please complete this application. Then send your other documents to Dr. Pam Carpenter at ppcarpen@ncsu.edu.

NC State Renewable Electric Energy Systems Concentration

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NC State offers an undergraduate concentration in Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) within the Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree program. The REES concentration addresses the need to develop new technologies that can harvest the geographically distributed renewable energy such as solar and wind efficiently; and create “smart” electric power systems capable of integrating geographically distributed renewable energy based generators. Students enrolled in REES receive training in renewable energy, power systems, power electronics and design of electromechanical systems. Learn more here.