As an undergraduate student at Michigan Tech, it’s simple: if you want to do research, you can. Real research—the kind that creates solutions for industry, gets patented (sometimes with your name on it!), or addresses the problems of our modern world.
We’re ranked among the top twenty universities in the US in the proportion of research that’s sponsored by industry. And nearly 25 percent of our invention disclosures include the names of students as inventors. Students also get published in scientific journals, present at national conferences, and interact with scientists and entrepreneurs from around the world.
Crazy-smart is just the beginning. Check out some of our undergrad students’ recent research projects.
- A psychology student plans to use cognitive science to improve financial decision-making applications in consumer credit card debt.
- Mechanical Engineering students design and produce a hand-crank three-wheel cycle for the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Warriors.
- Interdisciplinary senior design team members replicate what happens to stents and other manmade things tucked inside our blood vessels.
- Chemical engineering undergrads work alongside grad students and their department chair to build a CO2 scrubber.
- Mechanical Engineering Technology students develop a Human-Powered Hovercraft.
- Biomedical Engineering students develop a skin patch to alert you when it's time to get out of the sun.
Wondering what our professors are up to? Try these research topics on for size.
- High Anxiety: Virtual Reality in a Michigan Tech Lab
- NIH Sleep Deprivation Study Examines Gender Differences
- Making food safer with an inexpensive innovation
- A new chamber at Michigan Tech will let researchers study the secret life of clouds
- An invisibility cloak made of ceramics
- Rice-cell cocktail that kills cancer cells, but leaves normal cells alone