Undergraduate Research Program

Get involved in undergraduate research through the INSPIRE UTC! 

Undergraduate students involved in research have the exciting opportunity to be directly involved with technology developments at the forefront of their chosen field of study.  Undergraduate research experiences help students prepare for graduate school and provide opportunities to work closely with faculty advisors. They are counted towards experiential learning requirements at Missouri S&T.

Missouri S&T provides scholarships for undergraduate research through the Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience (OURE) program.

The INSPIRE UTC provides up to 4 additional research stipends annually for OURE students participating in research projects that are funded by the UTC and led by Missouri S&T faculty.  INSPIRE project descriptions are available here.

how does it work?

Students team up with an INSPIRE UTC faculty sponsor and successfully apply to the OURE Program.  OURE scholarships are $500.  Projects start at the beginning of the summer or fall semester and end at the conclusion of the following spring semester.

To receive an additional research stipend ($500) from the INSPIRE UTC, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  2. Work with an INSPIRE UTC faculty member on an INSPIRE UTC funded research project.
  3. Actively participate for the full length of the project as agreed with the faculty sponsor.
  4. Prepare and submit a final report, per the requirements of OURE.
  5. Prepare a research poster and present it at the Missouri S&T Undergraduate Research Conference, Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event, and INSPIRE UTC Annual Meeting (optional).

Research stipends are awarded in 2 installments (fall and spring semester).  For more information, contact the INSPIRE UTC at (573) 341-6114 or inspire-utc@mst.edu.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The INSPIRE University Transportation Center (UTC) provides two (2) research stipends each year to support Lincoln University undergraduate students for an 8-week summer research experience on the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus. 

The purpose of the program is to provide underrepresented undergraduates attending Lincoln University an opportunity to conduct transportation-related research and learn about graduate education opportunities at Missouri S&T.  Selected students will participate in a research project directed by a member of the INSPIRE UTC faculty.  Participants will devote at least 40 hours a week to their respective research projects and scholarly activities. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research to their fellow S&T peers, faculty mentors, and guests using a poster format and oral presentation.

Participating students will receive a research stipend from the INSPIRE UTC and be provided housing on the Missouri S&T campus for the 8-week summer semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All applicants must be underrepresented undergraduate students currently enrolled at Lincoln University. 
  • All applicants must be able to attend the entire program from start to finish.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Junior or senior level undergraduate students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or a related science or engineering field
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA or above

Applicants who do not meet the preferred qualifications above may be considered based on other academic accomplishments.

Application Instructions:  Interested students should complete and return the application form along with a copy of their unofficial transcript and a letter of recommendation from a Lincoln faculty member.  Email all application materials in one PDF file to inspire-utc@mst.edu by April 1 of each academic year.

Research Stipend and Housing:  Participants will receive a $3,000 research stipend, housing on the Missouri S&T campus, $100 in Minor Bucks to be used during the summer, and a university parking permit for the full 8 week session. 

The stipend is provided to offset the cost of on or off campus food, and personal expenses.  Summer research students are housed in the University Commons, which includes kitchens so students may cook their own meals.  Additional Minor Bucks may be purchased through Dining Services (573) 364-5436.

Selected students are required to participate in the full 8 week summer semester, Monday through Friday, without concurrent weekday employment.  Students must provide their own transportation to/from Missouri S&T.

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The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), INSPIRE UTC consortium member, offers a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site focusing on Collaborative Human-Robot Interaction (CHRI). The site will develop new autonomous robot capabilities and supporting network and data science technology to address real-world challenges of operating autonomous systems.  The University's Robotics Group is made up of faculty specializing in human-robot interaction, assistive robotics, autonomous robots, field robotics, and wireless communication and cybersecurity. The research will be supported by experienced graduate students who will help mentor undergraduate projects. Students will gain experience with robotics, wireless networks, and assistive technology to optimize collaboration between a robot and human partner(s). Students will participate in a research project, prepare a written report on their project, and present to the University's undergraduate research symposium.

 For more information, visit:  https://www.unr.edu/cse/research/intelligent-systems/reu

Graduate Student Poster Session

On August 14-15, 2018, graduate students from all INSPIRE consortium institutions attended the INSPIRE UTC 2018 Annual Meeting on the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla, Missouri.  Participating students interacted with transportation professionals from government and industry transportation sectors.  A Graduate Student Poster Session was held to offer students the opportunity to showcase their research, communicate results to other students, faculty and staff, engage with representatives from the transportation industry, and facilitate interdisciplinary work by exchanging knowledge and ideas between individuals from multiple disciplines. The INSPIRE UTC External Advisory Committee members attending the meeting served as judges for the poster competition.

First, second and third place awards were given to the following students:

  • 1st Place- Chuanrui Guo, Missouri S&T
    Integrated Fiber Optic Sensors for Strain, Temperature and Corrosion-induced Mass Loss Measurement
  • 2nd Place- Dan Li, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Thermally-Stable Passive Antenna Sensor for Strain and Crack Monitoring
  • 3rd Place- Liang Yang, The City College of New York
    Deep Semantic 3D Visual Metric Reconstruction Using Wall-climbing Robot

For more information, visit: https://inspire-utc.mst.edu/annualmeeting/.