Opportunities for cutting-edge research
What students learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they learn within it. Undergraduates have several opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research in areas such as machine learning, laser design and information security, as well as pursue self-motivated projects of one's own interest.
Students can enroll in independent study for research or engineering design projects as early as the sophomore year. Independent study projects are often extremely challenging on both a personal and an academic level. At the same time, these projects provide valuable educational experiences to prepare students for life after Princeton.
Students may suggest their own topics for independent study or work on a project in a faculty member’s research laboratory.
The department maintains a list of available opportunities as a guide to just a few of the possibilities. For up-to-date information, speak with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator or a faculty member to discuss these opportunities further. Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to support independent study. In addition, the Department has a funded program that supports student attendance at an appropriate domestic conference or workshop to present research results or for professional development.