Students may receive ENEE499 credit for participation as an assistant on an on-going research project or they may propose their own research project with a project supervisor. The project can be experimental, computational, or theoretical in nature. If the project is at least 2/3 experimental in nature, senior laboratory credit may be obtained by completing the relevant section on the application form and obtaining approval to register for ENEE499L. A completed application form and detailed research proposal must be submitted for review by the Associate Chair, who will then determine if the project meets the necessary requirements for an undergraduate research project. Under no circumstances will credit be awarded for projects that are more than 25% completed at the time of application.
For ENEE499L: Since this course can fulfill the advanced lab requirement, the project must be equivalent to one of the advanced lab courses through the nature of the work. The project can involve (1) building hardware or using hardware instrumentation, (2) significant data acquisition (not just using datasets posted on-line), and/or (3) significant amounts of data analysis. The expectation is that an ENEE499L proposal strongly implements two of the three characteristics.
The supervisor of the research project should work closely with the student in preparing a proposal which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Project title
- Research objective(s)
- Explain the primary and any secondary objectives of the research project, i.e. What do you expect to have accomplished by the end of the project?
- Provide background information to place your project in the context of previous studies related to the proposed work and explain your project's significance.
- Student Involvement
- List all who will be involved in the project. If more than just the student and the supervisor will participate, clearly indicate the role of the other personnel and detail the tasks to be performed by the student.
- If a project will be a group project, all student proposals must be submitted at the same time for review. The project proposals must be unique and clearly delineate each student's individual tasks and contributions to the project.
- Explain what tools, techniques, and approaches you will use to complete the research project.
- Project Learning Schedule
- The schedule for the planned project should list at least 5-6 major milestones for the project (with target dates). Two of the milestones should be the mid-semester report and final report. Proposal must include a detailed weekly schedule of activities planned for project.
- Student Learning Outcomes
- List the knowledge, techniques, skills, and any other competencies that the student will acquire as a result of successfully completing the project.
- Advanced laboratory requirement
- Indicate if the project is expected to satisfy the Advanced Laboratory Requirement.
- NOTE: The project supervisor MUST also initial the appropriate box on the application form to indicate whether the project will or will not satisfy this requirement.
- Include an appropriately formatted list of references.