Work alongside faculty members, collaborate with local Silicon Valley tech firms, or follow your own ideas to see where they will lead. If it's research you want, opportunities abound.
Whether you're a first-year student or a Ph.D. candidate, whatever area you're interested in—sustainable building, data management, communication, robotics, renewable energy, wearable technologies, to name just a few possibilities—we will help you put your talents to the task. Our students regularly co-author published research in respected journals and present their work at conferences around the world.
Our Latimer Energy Scholars chart their own course of independent study and then come together for a summer group project. Undergraduates, master's and doctoral students from multiple disciplines collaborate on complex satellite operations for NASA and on novel, multi-robot adaptive navigation techniques in the Robotics Systems Laboratory. Bioengineers assist local biodevice firms to improve their products or travel to India to perform field research, and civil engineers further their study in Alaska, Rwanda, Ghana, or wherever their research takes them. Kuehler Undergraduate Researchers are paid to help further a faculty member's research. These and many other programs are available through the School of Engineering and the University offers a wide range of research opportunities, as well.
Providing opportunities for undergraduate student research is a hallmark of Santa Clara's engineering program, and recently the success of these efforts was illustrated when bioengineering senior Jeffrey Kunkel and Assistant Professor Prashanth Asuri had their paper, "Function, structure, and stability of enzymes confined in agarose gels," accepted for publication in PLoS One—one of the top five multidisciplinary journals in the United States.