Research & Teaching

Step into the Lab or to the Front of the Classroom

Research and teaching experiences can be key to landing exciting internship, job, or graduate school opportunities. 

Working as an Instructional Aide in the Center for Entrepreneurship has truly allowed me to immerse myself in a culture of creativity, teamwork, and innovation.

Kevin Wang
Multidisciplinary Design Program, 
International Programs in Engineering, 
Center for Entrepreneurship
Computer Engineering

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

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.  

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE Program) website

Talk to a human: sureprogram@umich.edu | (734) 647-7090

Semesters Offered/Recommended: Summer

Financial: 10-12 weeks of full-time summer research experience with a $5,000 stipend

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Core Professional Competencies

Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences build the professional competencies that employers say they’re looking for, including:

  • Ethics: Receive training in ethical research and scholarship practices.
  • Systems Thinking – Authentic Problem Solving: Present research findings in publications and at national conferences.
  • Teamwork: Work full-time through the summer in research experiences with some of the country’s leading engineering faculty.

If you’re a Michigan Engineering student, use Spire to find out more about how SURE can foster your professional growth. 

Teaching and Tutoring

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 departmentsabout 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. 

Semesters Offered/Recommended: Year Round

Financial: Most positions include a competitive hourly rate

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Core Professional Competencies

Teaching and Tutoring experiences build the professional competencies that employers say they’re looking for, including:

  • Communication: Strengthen communication skills and gain experience with important topics like confidentiality, academic integrity, and conflict management.
  • Empathy: Gain experience understanding, valuing and appreciating the perspectives of other instructors and students
  • Leadership: Facilitate discussions, labs, and class activities and collaborate with faculty and other instructors.

If you’re a Michigan Engineering student, use Spire to find out more about how Teaching and Tutoring can foster your professional growth.