Research Opportunities For Undergraduate Students
Do research with our faculty
We have an active research faculty that strives to address challenges in various topics related to environmental sustainability, bio-based economy, and ecological health. Some may have opportunities for you to work on a project in their lab or in the field.
- Check out each of our eight research areas and determine which area you're interested in.
- Contact a faculty member involved in the research area you're interested in and ask about their availability.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is a great way to pursue research and prepare for a career or graduate school. A faculty member serves as your mentor on a project and you receive funding in the process.
- Find a the faculty member you'd like to do a project with. How to find a faculty member to be your mentor
- Contact the faculty member and ask about their availability. They will become your mentor if they're available to work with you.
- Discuss and work with your mentor on your proposal and project.
- Submit your application and project proposal to UROP.
- How UROP works and get tips on writing your proposal
- Find an opportunity through the Office of Undergraduate Research
Past UROP projects with our faculty
- The Effectiveness of Policies on Renewable Energy Production (with Professor Espinoza)
- Microbial Electrochemical Approach to Degrade Antibiotic Residues in Animal Wastewater (with Professor Hu)
- Electrically Conductive Paper from Nanofibers (with Professor Tze)
- Effect of Increased Flow Volume on Sandbar Vegetation Colorization and Sediment Deposition in the Minnesota River (with Professor Lenhart)
- Harvesting of Microalgae through the Co-Culture with Fungi for Biodiesel Projection (with Professor Hu)
- Performance Evaluation of Cross-Laminated Timber Manufactured with Aspen (with Professor Espinoza)
- Extraction of Montmorency Cherry Pit Oil (with Professor Kodali)
- Oxidative Depolymerization of Lignin and the Production of Muconic Acid (with Professor Tschirner)
- Hydraulic and Contaminant Effects of Tiling a Rain Garden (with Professor Nieber)
- Colorimetric Biosensors for Real Time Monitoring for Food Storage (with Professor Abbas)