Research opportunities for engineering undergraduates (ROEU)

The College of Engineering offers competitive Research Opportunities for Engineering Undergraduates (ROEU) awards to eligible students. The College's Research Advisory Committee will evaluate the applications and make award recommendations to the Dean. Up to 20 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students.


Undergraduate students can submit one application per academic year in the ROEU program. Faculty may supervise up to two Engineering ROEU students per academic year. Renewal proposal requests from 2019-20 ROEU awardees must be accompanied by a progress or final report on project accomplishments to-date, including a list of public presentations at College, University, and other professional research events.


The application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year has passed.

Application evaluation and scoring

Applications will be evaluated and scored by the College of Engineering's Research Advisory Committee. They will be scored according to the following rubric. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic complications, applications that outline creative ways for students to work remotely will be given higher priority.

  • Personal statement - 30%
  • Research problem statement - 10%
  • Project description - 20%
  • Description of student's responsibilities - 20%
  • Faculty sponsor's responsibilities and mentoring plan - 10%
  • Project timeline and project management timeline - 5%
  • Listing of matching funds - 5%

Student eligibility requirements

  • All applicants must be enrolled and in good academic standing (GPA ≥ 3.0) in a College of Engineering major.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time (≥ 12 credit hours/semester) during the academic year in which they receive the award funding.

Student/faculty matching

A list of potential ROEU projects can be found here. Students are encouraged to contact faculty members with ROEU projects or locate other research projects within their disciplines or related areas of interest.

Award and co-sponsorship

The first half of the award will be applied to awardees' student accounts in the Fall Semester; the remaining amount will be awarded in the winter semester contingent upon awardees' satisfactory performance in the lab as determined by the faculty mentorThe department or faculty mentor may co-sponsor the award with additional funding, but the maximum College funding will be up to $1,000 per awardee per academic year.

Report and presentation

ROEU awardees must submit a two-five page report on or before 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021 to their faculty mentor and to outlining the project and progress made throughout the academic year. Additional materials, such as appendices, PowerPoint presentations, etc. are welcome but the submission should all be sent as a single PDF.