At Tufts, we learn by doing. Conducting research encourages our engineers to tinker, engages their intellectual curiosity, and provides them an outlet for creative thought. Developing academic, professional, and personal skill sets, we turn the theoretical into the practical through ingenuity and initiative. Creating and questioning, Tufts engineers work in a supportive environment where they actively learn and innovate without the fear of failing.
With 60% of our engineers conducting research, it is undergraduates themselves who create new knowledge.
As a top-tier research institution with 200 engineers in each cohort, Tufts engineers benefit from immense exposure to research and small class sizes. Strong student-professor relationships come with ease and our engineers are often invited to conduct research alongside a faculty member and their team. With 60% of our engineers conducting research, it is undergraduates themselves who create new knowledge. Diving into research as early as their first year, our engineers have the freedom and flexibility to explore new ideas while being mentored by faculty who are active contributors and leaders in engineering.
Research is available through the Summer Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, Tufts Undergraduate Research Fund, Faculty Research Grants, and Thesis Honors Program. The Summer Scholars Program funds engineers to pursue their own research topic for a 10-week summer independent study with the guidance of a faculty member. Students have access to the Thesis Honors Program, an independent study that results in a senior thesis and qualifying examination, one that mirrors the PhD process. Additional research opportunities with professors or independent studies across many of our campuses can be a paid position through the Research Fund and Faculty Research Grants. However way they conduct research, engineers present their findings at The Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium, a forum for undergraduates from all disciplines to collaborate, exchange ideas, and inform action.