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Undergraduate Research

We live in a time of fast-paced, ever-evolving challenges in incredibly important areas such as health, energy and global sustainability. Real world challenges that are nothing like the neatly packaged exercise problems at the end of each chapter in a textbook. They are messy, unstructured and elusive. We believe that tomorrow's leaders will best these challenges by doing more than answering questions that are posed to them; they will ask their own, and question every assumption given.

More than 40% of Lehigh's undergraduate engineering students experience this messy, unstructured style of problem-solving each year through deep immersion in research. It's an exploratory process where students learn to deal with uncertainty. They take clues through previous work to avoid mistakes and build on successes, and ultimately create solutions of their own. In doing so, they develop decision-making instincts, methods of measuring progress, and communication skills that will enable their ideas to be shared and adopted.

Lehigh Engineering supports a wide array of undergraduate research opportunities, including:

The David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium

Lehigh Engineering's annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held each spring, showcases the intense academic capabilities of today’s rising Lehigh Engineers, and highlights the resources and opportunities Lehigh provides to undergraduates. The top finishers, judged by a panel of academic and industry researchers, win travel stipends to attend professional conferences yet another opportunity to promote their work and practice the art of communication.

Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars are a prestigious group of women undergraduates of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. A rigorous selection process identifies high-achieving women engineers to become Clare Boothe Luce Scholars for a two-year period, beginning in the summer after their first or second year of study.

Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute

Lehigh University's Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a chance for deserving kids to experience the challenge and thrill of science, technology, engineering and math in a cooperative, team-based environment. For high-schoolers from underrepresented groups, many of whom would be first-generation college students, SEI may activate dreams they didn't even know they had.