Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Industry Partners Boost Student Research

Mason students gain valuable experience at the forefront of research, in part because of our proximity to the Washington metro area. D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia are home to many IT companies, biomedical research labs, and federal agencies, many with strong ties to Mason.

Two male students demonstrate their autonomous surface vessel on the lawn of the Nguyen Engineering Building

Every year, senior students must complete their senior design capstone projects. Students conduct research, design, and build models that are presented to faculty and industry partners. This provides an exciting experience for students looking to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks Mason among the highest research institutions in the country. We take that seriously.

The college encourages undergraduate research, a core part of the Mason experience. Our main research areas span department and disciplinary boundaries. We are committed to generating new knowledge, supporting our community, and engaging in research of consequence.

There are tangible benefits. Each year, Mason Engineering students showcase their work before industry professionals, who judge the research, design, and scholarly work produced by individuals or groups. Past ideas have included a search-and-rescue drone, a mini-robot that can fit into confined spaces, and an automatic piano tuner.

Among the opportunities:

  • The annual Undergraduate Research Celebration gives students a chance to showcase their research and scholarship for the school and university community. Area industries provide judges; the most outstanding projects get cash prizes.  A "People's Choice Award" voted on by all attendees, also gets a cash prize. Contact Letisha Brooks for more information.

  • Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research take applications every year for Research and Scholarship Intensive course designations as part of the Students as Scholars initiative. 

  • Our students are encouraged to submit to the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, which provides an opportunity for them to get a publication credit while at the undergraduate level.


The College of Engineering and Computing's Research Partners 

Booz-Allen Hamilton National Insitutes of Health
Children's National Medical Center National Science Foundation
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Engineering Consulting Services Raytheon
General Dynamics Smithsonian Institution
Geocomp U.S. Department of Defense
Inova U.S. Geological Survey
Lockheed Martin U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Mitre Virginia Department of Transportation


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center