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Incoming Undergraduate Students (Current High-School Students)

The NeuroRobotics lab is a perfect place to explore what undergraduate major you should pursue. Our research is extremely interdisciplinary and we have undergraduate students in the lab pursuing a variety of different undergraduate majors. High-school students interested in our research are encouraged to get involved! We have had high-school students from all over the state volunteer in the lab over the summer. High-school students work in teams alongside current undergraduate students on a variety of exciting research projects. To get involved, check out the list of potential trainee projects we currently have available on our trainee projects page and then fill out this prospective trainee application!

Current Undergraduate Students

We have numerous undergraduate students working in our lab from a variety of different programs and backgrounds. For example, we've worked with philosophy students, engineering students, and life science majors, just to name a few. Undergraduate researchers in the lab have developed new prosthetics and orthotics, built brain-machine interfaces, analyzed neural and electromyographic data, instantiated advanced machine learning algorithms, designed human-subject experiments, presented at conferences, and published scientific papers. Check out the list of potential trainee projects we currently have available on our trainee projects page!

Working in the lab is a great way to supplement your learning, boost your resume, and explore career options. To date, we've had 21 undergraduate students in the lab, who have collectively achieved 15 co-author abstracts, 18 first-author abstracts, 20 competitive fellowships, 7 competitive research awards, 8 co-author manuscripts, and 1 first-author manuscript! You can learn more about our current undergraduate students and alumni on our team page.

We encourage all undergraduate students to apply. Students who are from diverse backgrounds or who are preparing for graduate school are especially encouraged to apply!

Students external to the University of Utah can also apply to join the lab for the summer through the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research as well as the Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE). Students are also encouraged to stay up to date with other undergraduate research opportunities through the Office of Undergraduate Research and theĀ School of Medicine Undergraduate Programs.

Recommended Program of Study

Prospective/incoming undergraduate students who are interested in working in the field of neurorobotics are encouraged to pursue a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Although our research is highly interdisciplinary, we feel students are best prepared at the undergraduate level through the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Two example programs of study are provided below. One is focused around "Neural Engineering" and trains students in the fundamental electrical engineering skills necessary to develop state-of-the-art brain-computer interfaces and biomedical devices. The other is focused on "Robotics" and provides students with the training to build and control robotics devices, such as exoskeletons and bionic arms. Students who are not in the Electrical and Computer Engineering major are encouraged to adapt this program of study as much as possible to fit their program requirements.