You want to learn as much as you can about engineering. At Speed School, you can work in a professional research capacity a full year before graduation. Expand your field of knowledge and the frontier of engineering.
The Research Track
How Superior Engineers Are Made
Speed School combines classroom curriculum with on-the-job training provided through our ACCE-accredited Co-Op Program.
As an engineering student, you’ll normally co-op with the same employer for three alternating semesters, beginning in your fifth semester of study. Upon the completion of your Bachelor’s degree, you’ll have a full year of professional work experience and a distinct advantage over engineering graduates from other universities.
The Research Track focuses on engineering research activities that will provide you an added advantage in seeking a master’s or doctorate in this field.
Qualifications and Requirements
Learn more about the expectations you must meet.
- Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
- Have not completed any co-op or internship rotations
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Current resume
- Letter of interest
- Letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or mentor
- Probability and Statistics for Engineers
- Experimental Design in Engineering
Professional Development Activities
Participate in 10 local research knowledge-building activities on campus, such as:
- Research seminars
- Student or professional conference
- STEM outreach activities that encourage engineering research
- Service learning
Complete two of the following LEADERSHIP research experiences:
- Present at one regional/local conference
- Present at two regional conferences
- Present at one national conference
- Present at one international conference
- Present at one poster session in fall for co-op students
- Co-author one journal article submitted for publishing
- Participate in a patent application
Complete three research rotations; each of the following activities counts as one rotation:
- Summer REU program
- Four semesters of research experience of 10 hours per week (at least two semesters must be paid)
- International research experience
- Internship rotation at a National Lab
- Research-focused internship
- Research-focused co-op (three rotations with one employer = three research rotations)
- Industry experience using a new technology connected to your previous research areas
Years of cooperative education provided by Speed School and employers
Number of Speed School students receiving on-the-job experience each semester
Number of employers participating in the Co-Op Program