Research opportunities for undergraduates

Research opportunities abound for students.

Opportunities abound for undergraduates to conduct and experience research in engineering, the applied sciences, and related fields at Harvard.

  • Listen to dozens of lectures on dozens of topics by the world’s top researchers and those who employ them. 
  • Get your hands on state-of-the-art equipment in the newly constructed undergraduate bioengineering lab; scope out the small world of nanotechnology by building your own scanning tunneling microscope; design microchips for use in sensor networks.
  • Participate in faculty labs; take part in term-time or summer research program work and live in one of the “smartest” cities in the U.S.

You can work with world-class faculty.

If you desire all the details or have specific aims (e.g., “I’d really like to work on quantum-cascade lasers, program a smarter computer agent, or model the atmosphere”) or want to know what our faculty members have been up to, visit our research pages.

Research in engineering and applied sciences is... well, very cool.

You don't have to take our word for it. Check out some recent examples below.

Applied Math & Everyday Life

"MacArthur "genius" L. Mahadevan discusses his desire to find beautiful meaning (and useful applications) in the mundane.


Undergraduates can work in Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Rob Wood’s lab on the design, construction of robotic bugs.Wood is working to perfect tiny insect-like flying vehicles weighing in at one gram or less.

Muscle Motion

In an innovative marriage of living cells and a synthetic substrate, bioengineers found that a rubberlike, elastic film coated with a single layer of cardiac muscle cells can semi-autonomously engage in lifelike gripping, pumping, walking, and swimming.

Auto Origami

A programmable sheet self-folds into a boat- and into a plane-shape. Courtesy of Robert Wood, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Daniela Rus, MIT.

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