Research Opportunities for Students

Bachelor's students are encouraged to participate in research projects, with EEE faculty or affiliated centers, either during the summer or in-semester. First- and second-year students are often eligible, depending on the specific project. A general list of available EEE projects is maintained as part of the SEAS Undergraduate Research Involvement Program (URIP): some projects may offer a stipend, course credit, and/or be eligible for work study. In addition, EEE faculty frequently participates in the Earth Institute undergraduate research assistantship and Earth Institute intern programs. Another possible source is the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory summer internship program. Or, you can simply contact an EEE faculty member whose work appeals to you and express an interest in participating in his/her research group.

Master's students are generally expected to complete a research thesis worthy of peer-reviewed publication, under the direct supervision of their research advisor. Due to the short duration of the M.S. program (typically 2–3 semesters), students are strongly encouraged to select a research advisor and project as soon as possible.

Doctoral students conduct original dissertation research under the direct supervision of their research advisor, typically resulting in three or more peer-reviewed publications. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of Earth and environmental engineering, additional guidance may be provided by other members of the student's dissertation committee, who often represent other departments and research centers within Columbia, and occasionally outside Columbia. EEE encourages this practice, as it provides multiple perspectives and networking contacts and ultimately strengthens the student's dissertation and research skills.


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