The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Delaware is proud to introduce our new Undergraduate Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering (UR-ECE) summer program. Our goal is to inspire and engage undergraduate students in science and engineering to use the unique skillset in electrical and computer engineering to solve major issues facing today’s society. Annually the program will offer a set of research projects with intellectual exploration that spans the broad range of ECE subdisciplines, while directly aligning with one of the following National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges

  • Make Solar Energy Economical
  • Reverse-Engineer the Brain
  • Advance Health Informatics
  • Secure Cyberspace
  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery

Students will spend 10 summer weeks in an ECE research lab at UD. They will engage in research alongside faculty and graduate students, and participate in research and professional development activities including  scientific literature searches, the scientific process, and communicating research effectively. Students will also have access to our state-of-the-art student collaborative innovation suite (iSuite) that includes a Collaboration Hub, Cyber Range, and a Makerspace. Participants will engage in established research activities that include access to advanced research facilities including the Maker Gym, University of Delaware Nanofabrication Facility and the Delaware Advanced Research Workforce and Innovation Network

Photo of the Collaboration Hub in the iSuite to facilitate interdisciplinary communication

What the Program Provides

  • 10-week-long full time summer research experience
  • A research advisor, a graduate student mentor, and a host ECE laboratory for each student
  • $6,000 stipend for each student
  • University housing supplement

Activities include:

  • hands-on experience in a research laboratory
  • scientific and professional development workshops
  • research lab and clean room visits
  • opportunities to interact with students from multiple summer research programs 
  • interdisciplinary communication with scientists  
  • university-wide research symposium
Photo from prior ECE Summer Scholars research project to develop vehicle to grid technology

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF #2150088)
Principal Investigators: Jamie Phillips and Chengmo Yang