Research Opportunities

Students can pursue their interests in doing research with any faculty member.  To learn about current research in industrial and systems engineering, see the department’s centers and labs and the web sites of individual faculty members.  Contact the directors of centers and laboratories or individual faculty members directly to discuss research possibilities.

Below is a list of programs both at University of Florida and other institutions that engage undergraduates in research.

  • Honors Thesis:

    As defined by the registrar, graduating magna cum laude (with great distinction) or summa cum laude (with the highest distinction) requires the completion of an honors thesis involving a research project or creative work. To complete a thesis, a supervisory committee must be formed, the thesis must be written, and finally, it must be defended in an oral examination. The committee must be chaired by a faculty member in your department. Two additional faculty members should be appointed to the committee, with one from an external department. The completed work, after being approved by the committee, department chair and associate dean, is then submitted to be archived by the university. Additional information and the necessary forms are available from the graduating with honors page.

  • University Scholars Program

    The University Scholars Program permits selected undergraduate students (designated as University Scholars) to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. Such interaction should provide students with an understanding of and appreciation for doing research. For more information, see University Scholars Program.

  • Emerging Scholars Program

    The Emerging Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at the University of Florida to the exciting world of academic research. This program is designed for Freshman and Sophomore status engineering students. In the program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Through this initiative, students will take away an understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly method. The program will consist of undertaking a full research project primarily during fall and spring semesters of the academic year, under the guidance of a faculty member. For more information, see Emerging Scholars Program.

  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    The National Science Foundation sponsors Research Experiences for Undergraduates or REU programs at a number of institutions throughout the country, generally during the summer. (See NSF-REU for the current list of active programs.) REU programs of interest to ISE majors typically involve topics in engineering, mathematical sciences, and cyber-infrastructure, among others. Once you have found a program of interest, you are urged to contact the relevant program director.