UW-Eau Claire is the designated UW-System Center of Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and one look at the Materials Science and Engineering Program will show you why. Over 85% of our graduates participate in collaborative student-faculty research, and it often begins in their first year of the program.
In addition to ongoing faculty projects in which student researchers take an active role, Blugolds can take advantage of research opportunities made possible through the Materials Science and Engineering Center, where connections to industry problem-solving put student research to the utmost practical use. In fact, industries seeking solutions to materials related problems can provide capstone research projects —a graduation requirement for Blugolds.
How do I get involved in MS+E research?
The good news is that any student in the program can participate in student-faculty collaborative research. The better news is it just takes a little bit of initiative on your part to get the ball rolling. Maybe you see an ongoing project of a faculty person that interests you (see categories below), or maybe you see an issue that arises for a Center industry partner, and want to contribute to the solution. It's really that simple. It starts with your inquiry.
Bottom line? We will work with you to either join a project already underway or create an entirely unique research endeavor. We want all of our students to experience this hands-on process, and will help you make it happen. These are the sorts of projects that can launch advanced degree thesis or dissertation work, or open the door to that first job in the field. Take advantage! Speak with one of the faculty or contact the program at the email below to get started.
I was interested in research with thermoresponsive polymers. I had no idea when I went in to talk to Dr. Glogowski that it would be the start of a new project — or how much I would grow as a scientist and as a professional.