Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs can help you find the right faculty mentor and the right research opportunity in a few different ways.
Interested in learning about how to find a faculty mentor? Schedule a research consultation to chat with someone in UREP, or search through ForagerOne, our online platform to connect students and faculty in research.
There are lots of ways to engage in undergraduate research here on campus, as well as at other institutions.
If you would like to have work-study funding as part of your financial aid, consider pursuing a work/study position in a research setting. Students with work-study funding may find work/study positions available via the Drexel Federal Work-Study Positions website.
Students are eligible to participate in undergraduate research for work/study
- If they have work/study funding as part of their financial aid package
- During terms in which they are enrolled in classes, but not during terms in which they are on co-op
- During the federal fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
- For not more than 20 hours/week
For other guidance on work/study positions, please see the Drexel Federal Work-Study Positions website.
Participation in the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program offers the opportunity to be part of team that works on interdisciplinary projects across department and college boundaries. VIP team members work as part of a multidisciplinary group of undergraduate students, graduate students, research staff, and faculty members to tackle novel research and design problems around a theme. Undergraduate students that join VIP teams earn academic credit for their participation in design/discovery efforts that assist faculty and graduate students with research and development issues in their areas of expertise.
VIP teams are:
- Multidisciplinary, drawing students from all disciplines on campus;
- Vertically-integrated, maintaining a mix of freshman through PhD students each academic term;
- Long-term, in that each undergraduate student may participate in a project for up to three years and each graduate student may participate for the duration of their graduate career.
The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams are intended to:
- Provide the time and context necessary for students to learn and practice many different professional skills, make substantial technical contributions to the team project(s), and experience many different roles on a large, multidisciplinary design/discovery team.
- Support long-term interaction between the graduate and undergraduate students on the team. The graduate students mentor undergraduates as they work on the design/discovery projects embedded in the graduate students' research.
- Enable the completion of large-scale design/discovery projects that are of significant benefit to faculty members' research programs.
Apply to join a VIP Team through ForagerOne.
If you are interested in pursuing a deep, immersive research experience, considering participating in a research co-op. Pursuing a research co-op, or other full-time research experience, gives you the opportunity to make significant progress in a research project that you may not make in participating in research on a part-time basis.
Funding is available for students to work with faculty on projects involving scholarship, creative work, and/or research. Faculty must apply for these awards and are expected to match the funding provided by the award (except in cases of certain disciplines in which external funding is not the norm). The application process for funding for spring/summer co-op cycles occurs in the Fall Term, while the application process for funding for fall/winter co-op cycles occurs in late Winter Term/early Spring Term. For more information about this funding and the application process, please visit the Steinbright Career Development Center website.
If you are looking for opportunities to conduct mentored research or scholarship, consider pursuing opportunities at other universities. Applying for and participating in these opportunities would allow you to:
- See how other institutions, and their researchers, grapple with the major questions in your field
- Explore possible programs that might be of interest to you for graduate school
- Practice putting together a strong application for similar opportunities
- Enhance your resume
Search for External Research Opportunities