Carnegie Mellon Engineering




The College of Engineering Honors Research Program

The College of Engineering Honors Program was started in 1980 to give talented undergraduates an opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects much like graduate-level research.

Each spring, faculty members are asked to identify research topics for honor student participation. These topics are posted by department in the sidebar. Juniors who have an accumulated QPA of at least 3.5 receive an invitation to participate in the program.

Honors students will work on their projects during their senior year, earning the equivalent of 18-24 units. Student are required to register for the College of Engineering Honor Research Project 39-500. A student must complete at least 18 units in 39-500 on the same research topic.

The program culminates with a poster competition at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, "Meeting of the Minds," a university-wide celebration of undergraduate research.

The goal of the program is to recognize the research initiatives of our honor students, as well as create a forum for students to present their research and findings to their peers and faculty.

 

How the Process Works

  1. Qualified juniors receive a letter of invitation in the spring semester.

  2. The list of Honors Research topics for the coming year is posted by department to the left.

  3. Honors Research participants review the topics to decide which project best suits their interests and skills. Students should contact the Faculty Advisor associated with the project to discuss the research and the position. Confirm with the Faculty Advisor that you will be working on the project.

  4. Fill out the Honors Research Approval Form. (Note: the College of Engineering uses a self-signed security certificate. Your browser may warn you about this when attempting to access the form. Rest assured that your transactions with the site are secure.) This form gets emailed directly to Kourtney Bandish in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, who will register you for the desired number of units (9-24) of 39-500 for the fall semester. There is no set deadline for submitting the form, although during fall registration week in April is preferred.

  5. Work on your project over the course of your senior year, completing a minimum of 18 units, maximum 24 units under 39-500.  Remember to receive the College of Engineering Honors at commencement, you must have a minimum of 18 units on the same research topic.

  6. Present your research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, "Meeting of the Minds" in late spring.  Though "Meeting of the Minds" is open to any undergraduate research initiatives occurring on campus, it is a requirement for College of Engineering Honors Research students.

  7. During commencement week, College of Engineering Honors Students are recognized in a special ceremony to receive their Honors cords.

If you have any other questions, discuss them with your project's faculty advisor or contact the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies.