Research in an Intimate Environment
Our School of Engineering blends resources of a top-tier research institution with the strengths of a small liberal arts college. With our emphasis on the undergraduate experience, Tufts offers students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty across all disciplines on their research projects. In fact, 60% of our undergraduates participate in research before graduation. From Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto’s work on chemically-sensing fabrics to Professor Eric Hines’ work in offshore wind energy to Professor Susan Landau’s research on the intersection of technology and privacy, faculty and students alike are collaborating to solve tough problems related to human health, sustainability, the human-technology interface, and beyond.
Tufts is also one of the institutions with the easiest ability and heftiest faculty support for undergraduates to conduct their own independent research. If you are someone who wants to dive deep and conduct your own, self-designed research, the Tufts Summer Scholars Program can help you secure funding to conduct research of your own design for ten weeks over the course of a summer.
Tufts Summer Scholars of the past have included an Electrical Engineer who researched facial recognition algorithms, focusing on how algorithms behave with alternative images. A Tufts Civil Engineer spent the summer researching the Malden River just north of Boston. Throughout his research, he discovered resources that would aid the progress of five different projects, including the creation of a railway-to-pedestrian bridge.
Through programs like Summer Scholars, Tufts provides all students with the tools to cultivate their passions academically and professionally in a dynamic and supportive environment.
Quotes from students:
“As part of the Biomedical Engineering Department, there is a research track that allows students to work in a lab for at least a semester and do their own research. I worked in the Oudin Lab, which focuses on triple-negative breast cancer research. During my first semester, I focused on cell culture and the role that particular ECMs play on cell proliferation. During my second semester, I worked to design a 3D printable device that helps stabilize tumors during an assay that tracks cell migration on chemo-therapy treated tumors. Overall, I loved the experience and learned an incredible amount about research! I am very grateful for the experience!” -Becca Crawley ’22