Undergraduate Student Research Placement Tool

Why Undergraduate Research?

  • Offers the opportunity to contribute to a research project that helps solve some of societies’ most demanding challenges.
  • Offers the opportunity to explore a possible future career path.
  • Helps prepare you for graduate/professional school or a research career.
  • Further develops your analytical, problem-solving and communication skills to reinforce and apply your classroom learning.
  • Helps you build strong relationships with faculty, graduate students, and other researchers.
  • May offer a paid position or the opportunity to meet Honors program requirements.

USRPT: A Tool to Connect You to Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Student Research Placement Tool (USRPT) allows you to submit a single application and be considered for multiple research positions across the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences.  You will have the opportunity to indicate your top research positions in the application.

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to submit your application for a research position. Use the links in the table below based upon the semester you want the position to start. It is recommended that you have your resume as well as your research and personal statements (described below) written BEFORE starting the application.

  1. Review open research positions for the term in which you want to apply. Identify several positions that you may wish to indicate as a preference on your application.
  2. Complete the online application, which includes:
    1. Research statement (max 1000 characters). Describe your research interests. Be careful not to define them too narrowly.
    2. Personal statement (max 1000 characters): What is your motivation for research? Share your intended career path, goals and how summer research will help you achieve those goals.
    3. Resume (1-page pdf please)
  3. Reach out to faculty directly to express your interest in their research and keep an eye out for emails from faculty regarding their responses to your application!

To Review Open Positions or Apply:




Review open positions (general)

(Check regularly for newly added positions.)

Opens Feb. 1, 2024


Opens June 1, 2023

Submit application

Opens Feb. 1, 2024

Opens June 1, 2023

Important Dates




Student Application Opens

February 1

June 1

Last date for faculty to post a position

April 30

November 30

Student Application Closes

May 15

December 31