COE Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Minorities

Diversity Office: Undergraduate Engineering Research Opportunities

The University encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds to work in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields. To encourage such work during college, the URI LSAMP Program assists in matching qualified students to state-of-the-art research projects undertaken by URI faculty. These projects offer hands-on research experience, exposure to possible careers and the ability to perfect teamwork skills. Once selected for a research project, students work with the faculty member to arrange a schedule. Research projects are offered year round. Many are paid and some offer college credit.

Students are encouraged to speak with faculty members who may have research opportunities for the academic year as well as explore the research currently being conducted in the various schools/departments. The colleges of Arts & Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences and Engineering have many faculty focused on STEM research.


  • Be a matriculated undergraduate student at URI
  • We encourage students studying agricultural sciences, life/biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geosciences, mathematics, physics
  • Hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • Ability to participate for the entire established program period
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States

Students Will Be Selected Based On

  • Meeting the above eligibility
  • Quality of application
  • Strength of academic record
  • Academic and social qualifications for available research projects
  • Recommendation from the URI faculty member directing the research project