Scholar Role, Benefits and Responsibilities

The Opportunity Research Scholars’ Program is an innovative program that combines structured undergraduate research with academic and social enrichment experiences. At the heart of the model is a series of research groups — teams of undergraduate students referred to as Scholars, led by a Graduate Mentor and Faculty Advisor— actively engaged in research projects.


Scholars are encouraged to think for themselves, take initiative, and develop research related skills as they work together in small teams to broaden their academic experience.


• Valuable hands-on research experience under the direction of a Graduate Mentor
• Academic enrichment activities such as workshops, lab tours, and demonstrations
• Social and community building opportunities
• Involvement in a structured research poster competition
• Visibility within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Opportunities to network with corporate representatives
• Be part of an ECE community of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty
• Unique experience to enhance your resume
• Hourly wage or credit for research activities


• Work in the research lab for an average of 6-8 hours per week on a dedicated research project directed by a Graduate Mentor
• Commit to the research project for a minimum of two semesters (fall-spring)
• Participate in weekly research meetings with your team

• Communicate regularly with your research team and the ORS faculty and staff
• Complete group projects including a project summary draft and revision, a research poster, a research presentation and other deliverables as requested
• Participate in the kick-off event, research skills workshops, research round-table sessions, professional enrichment workshops, end-of-year competition and banquet, technical conferences and other workshops/career events