University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Mechanical Engineering undergraduates are encouraged to participate in faculty research projects as part of their broader educational experience. Students may obtain course credit for research through ME 190 or ME 197. ME 197 may be used as a technical elective.

To begin, students must find a faculty member with an available project. Faculty webpages are a good starting point for this process. To enroll in ME 197, students must complete a project abstract using a standard template. The abstract must be signed by the project faculty advisor and submitted to the Undergraduate Program Committee chair at least one week prior to the start of the quarter. Both ME 190 and ME 197 require a final project report.

Four units of ME 197 can be counted as a tech elective once. Procedure and requirement are following. 

Procedure/ requirement

* A student should consult with faculty of interest and the faculty advisor should agree to advise the student for ME197.

* Once the agreement is made, prepare ME197 project abstract form (download form) in consultation with the advisor, get advisor’s signature, and submit the form to the undergraduate committee chair for approval. The abstract should include introduction of the project, experimental or calculation plan, method, and expected outcome. The abstract should include ABET matrix provided by the advisor.

* The student is required to give a 10 to 15 minute presentation during ME250 seminar series, and the faculty advisor should be present for evaluation. Final project report (Exactly 10 pages) is due at the time of presentation. The final report should be student’s own writing and work.                                                                                                        

Catalog Descriptions:

ME 190. Special Studies (1-5) Individual study, 3-15 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor, department chair, and Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program Committee chair. Individual study to meet special curricular needs. Requires a final written report. Course is repeatable to a maximum of 9 units.

ME 197. Research for Undergraduates (1-4) Outside research, 3-12 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program Committee chair. Directed research in a particular subject relevant to mechanical engineering. Requires a final written technical report. Course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 units.

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University of California, Riverside
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