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Research & Economic Development

Undergraduate Research

Nearly all New Mexico Tech undergraduate students finish their degrees with some campus research experience. Professors in each department hire students to work on research projects. In addition to paid work, students engage in senior projects that are often sponsored by industry groups.

Unlike many universities that reserve research work for graduate students, New Mexico Tech specifically aims to give undergraduates hands-on experience solving real-world problems. Each department manages state-of-the-art laboratories that have student workers.

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New Mexico Tech currently has two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Sites that host undergraduate students during the summer.  These REU Sites offer opportunities for undergraduate students to travel to NMT for a unique research experience embedded in the research laboratories of our faculty.  

The REU Emerging Issues in Cybersecurity is funded by the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  The program offers a 10-week summer research experience at NMT hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  The goals of the program include providing students experience in cutting edge research in cybersecurity, broadening participation in computing, and motivating students to pursue graduate studies in computer science. 

The Intelligent Energetic Systems Engineering (INTENSE) REU is funded by the NSF Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC).  The program offers a 9-week summer research experience in robotics, smart materials, explosives, high-speed fluids, and shock physics, hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  The goals of the program include increasing student research skill toolbox, exposure to STEM and Intelligent Energetic Systems career opportunities, and increased interest in graduate research opportunities.