Undergraduate Research

Research Opportunities for Students

If you’re a CDM undergraduate student considering graduate school, or if you just want to earn some hands-on experience to utilize all of the knowledge you have accumulated over the past few years, then consider participating in a research project at CDM.

There are many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty on research and creative activities. See our list of Research Labs and Centers to learn more.

Benefits of Research

Before getting involved you should consider your research goals and interests, and estimate how much time you have to commit to work on a project. There are many benefits to getting involved in research activities while enrolled as an undergraduate student. Some of these benefits include:

  • Active involvement with CDM faculty mentors
  • Experience working as part of a research team
  • Participation in current, interdisciplinary research at DePaul
  • Course credit towards your undergraduate degree (ex., IT 300 - Research Experience)
  • Opportunities for presentation and dissemination of research results
  • The rewards of academic publishing and attending conferences
  • A great source for recommendation letters for graduate school
  • A glimpse into the life of a graduate student

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

There are many research opportunities for undergraduate students at CDM. Undergraduate students become part of research teams consisting of several faculty and graduate students and work together on different research projects. These projects are chosen based on faculty research expertise as well as their emphasis on both theoretical and practical research.

Many times, the undergraduates working on these projects receive undergraduate research assistantships either through the faculty grants or through the DePaul University Undergraduate Research Program.

Learn more about the program here: cdm.depaul.edu/academics/research/Pages/URAP.aspx

NSF Distributed Mentoring Program (DMP)

The objective of the NSF Distributed Mentoring Program is to increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering. It brings together CS&CE undergraduates and professors for a summer of research at the mentor's research institution. Students will be directly involved in research, meet and interact with graduate students and professors, and work with successful researchers. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering applying to graduate school. As with the NSF REU Program, the DMP program also offers students stipends and possibly assistance with housing and travel.

Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering applying to graduate school. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.