Opportunities for Undergrads
There’s more to an engineering education than just coursework! Cornell Engineers are involved in an eclectic range of activities. Engineering students are encouraged to pursue their interests and participate in the extracurricular activities of the college and university. Below is a listing of the primary engineering programs that enhance the education students receive in our classrooms and labs.
|Undergraduate engineering students from numerous specialty fields find many opportunities within the College to collaborate on unique projects, helping them gain hands-on experience. Current student projects include the prize-winning Formula SAE racecar, the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (a submarine), Violet (a project to design, build, and launch a satellite), and many others. For a full list of current Student Project Teams, please click here.|
|Roughly 50 percent of the engineering undergraduates take advantage of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience by working with faculty members and graduate students on a variety of projects. Research takes place in numerous laboratories and centers on the Cornell campus, including Duffield Hall, our state-of-the-art center for nanotechnical research, and off-campus in places like Arecibo, Puerto Rico, at the world’s largest radiotelescope, and in Maine at the Shoals Marine Laboratory.
|The Cooperative Education program offers engineering students the opportunity to use what they have learned prior to graduation. Students with a 2.7 or higher grade point average qualify for admission to the co-op program with 98% of interested students receiving a placement. Placements are made in every major and range from start-up companies, non-profits, and commercial companies both large and small. Students are paid for their work, and leave their experience with a better sense of real-world engineering. It is not uncommon for co-op students to receive job offers even before they've started looking!
|Engineering students are increasingly interested in opportunities to study abroad. The Cornell Abroad Office offers informational meetings, a comprehensive Web site, and individual advising to help students plan ahead. The College of Engineering has just started a new program for students in Paris. You can learn more about that program at the link above.|
|The office of Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) is dedicated to supporting and encouraging outstanding students who come to engineering from historically under-represented populations. The program supports the college’s academic excellence in ways that celebrate and promote respect for individual perspectives and experiences. The College of Engineering also provides academic advising, tutoring and tutor training, many levels of peer educator leadership training, undergraduate research, and co-op and internship opportunities.|