Undergraduate Research

The Department of Mechanical Engineering strongly encourages undergraduate students to participate in research. Research experience helps students to diversify their experience and creates new professional opportunities.

Our department is wholly committed to the Undergraduate Research Program, and supports it with significant financial resources.

Henrique Fernandes

The Undergraduate Research Program :

  • Helps students identify research projects of interest.
  • Links students with professors offering research projects in their area of interest.
  • Provides students with information about funding.
  • Organizes "Research Explorations in Mechanical Engineering," an information session where students learn about funding, tour the labs and meet with professors.

Funding for Undergraduate Research

1. Dean's Research Award (DRA) Program

Kevin Peterson and Derek BoydThe Dean's Research Award Program allows undergraduate students with superior academic records to work closely with an academic staff member on a novel and exciting Mechanical Engineering research project. The program provides training in research methodology, abstract and/or manuscript preparation, and oral presentation delivery. Projects typically last one term, and students spend the equivalent of a half day per week on the project. If desired, the student may renew the award in subsequent terms. At the end of the project, students are required to prepare a one-page abstract and deliver a 10 minute presentation on their work. Upon successful completion, each student receives $500 from the Faculty of Engineering.

2. Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) Program

Andrew Page and Alexis KaminskiThe Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are designed to stimulate interest in the natural sciences and engineering. The awards are for students who would like to gain research work experience in an academic setting that compliments their current studies. The monetary aspect of the awards, coupled with contributions from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the University, can provide sound financial support for students.

3. Transition to Graduate (Master's) Program

Marcus BeaudryThe Department of Mechanical Engineering strongly encourages undergraduate students to join our graduate programs. Funding is typically provided by both the supervisor and the Department in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships. Students should contact professors in the department to discuss research opportunities and funding. External funding is available for students who wish to pursue advanced studies.

4. Alberta Ingenuity Graduate (AIG) Student Scholarships

Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships enable academically superior graduate students to undertake full-time research training in a natural science or engineering discipline.

Professional Engineering License

Nathaniel Maeda and Vanessa HonA Professional Engineer license is required to practice engineering in the Province of Alberta. Pursuing a graduate studies program and participating in research as an undergraduate student may enable you to get this license faster after graduation!!

Undergraduate Research Courses For Credit

The Department has several research-based courses that students may take for credit. Students work with a professor on a project, and may have to submit a report for a final grade.

Research-Based Courses

  1. MEC E 409 Experimental Design Project I
  2. MEC E 469 Experimental Design Project II
  3. MEC E 494 Introduction to Research
  4. MEC E 495 Research Project