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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Challenge

How can we keep undergraduate students interested in engineering and physical sciences? How can we encourage more of them to pursue advanced degrees?

SRC Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) is an innovative program co-sponsored by SRC's Education Alliance and the Intel Foundation that provides undergraduates with valuable research experience and mentoring. Participating undergraduates not only gain confidence in their ability to perform hands-on research, but they also come to appreciate the doors that are opened to those with an advanced degree. The objectives of the SRC URO program are to increase academic retention among undergraduates who express interest in physical science and engineering disciplines, and encourage them to continue their education beyond their four-year degree. The SRC URO program seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and under-represented minorities. The program also offers workshops and resources to assist students with the graduate school application process.

Research Experience Works

From 2005-2008, the program was supported and managed by the Intel Foundation. During that period, the program awarded research fellowships to over 1000 students and was successful in meeting its key goals of improving student retention, encouraging advanced education and increasing diversity.

  • Retaining students: Over 95% stayed in science or engineering
  • Pursuing advanced degrees: Almost 60% of graduates from the program continued to graduate school in science or engineering
  • Increasing diversity: 55% of program participants were women and/or under-represented minorities

SRC Undergraduate Research Opportunities complements SRC's outstanding advanced degree student programs, which have helped to educate more than 7500 students since 1982, and annually supports 1500 students at more than 100 universities. In addition to working on research projects that address the needs of SRC member companies, students have meaningful interactions with industry scientists and engineers, as well as with researchers from a broad academic community. SRC program graduates are among today's industry and academic leaders in semiconductor technologies.

Universities hosting currently-funded SRC URO programs

Carnegie Mellon University ~ Cornell University ~ Georgia Institute of Technology ~ Howard University ~ North Carolina A&T ~ Oregon State University ~ Portland State University ~ Purdue University ~ University of California at Berkeley ~ University of California at Los Angeles ~ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ~ University of Michigan ~ University of Texas at Austin ~ University of Washington

Cultivating Tomorrow's Technology Leaders

Today, the SRC Undergraduate Research Opportunities program is funded by SRC's Education Alliance, with generous support from the Intel Foundation. But with your help many more students could benefit - both at campuses where programs already exist and at additional colleges and universities. For more information about becoming involved in the SRC URO program, contact educationalliance@src.org.

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