Research and Teaching
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Research and teaching experiences can be key to landing exciting internship, job, or graduate school opportunities.
Practice Your Purpose: Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering Program (SURE) | Teaching and Tutoring
This was an enjoyable and exciting research project that allowed for practical, hands-on interaction with an aircraft.Aaron Lu
Active Aeroelasticity and Structures Laboratory,
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering Program,
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) Program
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Semesters Offered/Recommended: Summer
Financial: 10-12 weeks of full-time summer research experience with a $5,000 stipend
SURE offers summer research internships to outstanding undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore or junior year. The program provides opportunities for students to assess their interests and potential in pursuing research at the Masters or PhD level in graduate school.
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Research can give you great resumé points and memorable interview material.
Most projects include opportunities to:
- Conduct full-time summer research with some of the country’s leading faculty in a wide range of engineering disciplines
- Prepare for research at the Masters or Ph.D. level in graduate school
- Present research findings in publications and at national conferences
Teaching and Tutoring
Semesters Offered/Recommended: Year Round
Financial: Most positions include a competitive hourly rate
Teaching and tutoring opportunities provide students with a different perspective on their discipline, and a deeper understanding of technical subjects. Students are also exposed to educational philosophies and different approaches to learning. Teaching opportunities are available to Michigan Engineering undergraduate students in a variety of ways. One of the most common is working as an Instructional Aide (IA). IAs are highly qualified undergraduate students who teach. As departments and instructors hire IAs directly, there is no central IA program office. To identify IA opportunities, students may consider contacting their instructors or academic departments about IA openings, searching the UM Student Employment website, and becoming familiar with large first year courses. The Center for Research on Teaching and Learning in Engineering provides required training and important teaching resources for IAs.
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Teaching, tutoring, and mentoring provide a unique experiential learning opportunity that can give you great resumé points and memorable interview material.
Most opportunities include:
- Collaborating with faculty and other instructors to create meaningful learning experiences for other students
- Leadership opportunities through facilitating discussions, labs, and class activities
- Training in inclusive and active learning strategies
- Developing strong communication skills and experience with important topics like confidentiality, academic integrity, and conflict management