Student Research at Parks College

At Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, students enrolled in our undergraduate engineering programs and aviation studies have the opportunity to team up with professors in order to gets hands-on experience applying the concepts they have been learning in the classroom.

Given that most opportunities to participate in academic research are reserved for graduate students at other universities, enrolling in SLU’s Parks College can be a huge benefit for students who want to participate in innovative work that is often featured in industry publications.

Collaborative Undergraduate Research Experience

The Collaborative Undergraduate Research Experience allows students to study specific topics of interest under the direction of a faculty member while receiving a stipend. The program is an excellent research opportunity for current students with ambitions to continue their educational experience and further career in research. Students and their faculty mentor work together to build a proposal and, if approved, a project that spans two to three semesters.

The proposed project must involve both the student and the faculty member as meaningful contributors to its outcome. The nature of the faculty contribution may vary across departments.

The purpose of this program is to encourage undergraduate students and faculty research collaborations at Parks College. The goal is to expose undergraduates to faculty-mentored research during a yearlong program, while providing them with additional experiences, such as tours of local industry and oral and written presentation of their projects. This allows students to explore career options in engineering and aviation including but not limited to graduate studies.

The project may start as early as the beginning of the spring semester and end at the latest before the holiday winter break. Students can work part-time for not more than 10 hours a week during the spring and fall semesters and full-time for 40 hours a week during the summer. Projects may end after summer and not continue in the following fall if the faculty and student choose to do so.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to parksgraduateprograms@slu.edu.

Graduate Student Research

Graduate students at Parks College conduct innovative research inside and outside the classroom. Graduate-level coursework involves hands-on experiences that enable our students to put their knowledge into practice. Students conducting thesis and dissertation research are building projects that often have immediate and practical real-life applications.