Protege Undergraduate Research Program
The protege program was started by the College of Engineering and Applied Science during the summer of 2013. The goal of the program is to make students aware of opportunities for careers in research. These opportunities are for outstanding first-year students to work with leading CEAS research faculty in their faculty labs during the summer after their first year in CEAS.
The program initially included five to six students per year but in 2016, the program was expanded to eleven students and included research at industrial and governmental partners. The program has been administered by a committee of senior faculty members (J. Boerio, T. Mantei, and R. Huston)
The Protege program enhances the student experience by having them learn to conduct research, work as part of a team, keep laboratory notebooks, write reports, and make presentations.
In addition, students are paid at the rate of $15.00 per hour for 40 hours of work each week between 12-15 weeks in the summer. The length of the program is at the discretion of the mentor, 12 week being the minimum.
The opportunity allows students to determine if they wish to pursue a co-op position and career in research. At the same time, participating industrial and governmental partners have an early opportunity to recruit highly talented and motivated student researchers.
Each spring, first year CEAS students who performed at a high level during the autumn semester are identified by a CEAS faculty committee. Most participating students have grade point averages â¥ 3.75. Students are interviewed to determine interest in research careers and availability to work in Cincinnati or at the location of an industrial or governmental partner over the summer.
Interviews are conducted by the CEAS faculty committee and by participating partners in which a diverse groups of students are selected.
- Report for work at appropriate times
- Learn as much as possible about your project
- Show interest in and enthusiasm for the project
- Do good research
- Participate in initial workshop
- Submit a short mid-summer report
- Submit a short final report
- Participate in final symposium
- Don't work more than forty (40) hours per week!
- Contact Dr. James Boerio, (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there are any problems
Types of Research Projects
Research projects that are involved with the Protege program must advance the state of knowledge or understanding in a particular field. Students do not usually define the project and are defined by the mentors. These are not make-work projects. ProtÃ©gÃ© students usually contribute to an important, larger project that are usually funded by some agency or industry that are important to the company. Students and mentors must agree on the project
2018 Research Topics
|Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics||Airfoil, Compressor & Fan Design with Compression||Dr. Turner|
|Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics||Decelerator (think parachute) Inspired by Maple Seed||Dr. Turner|
|Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics||Gas Dynamics and Propulsion Laboratory (14 projects)||Dr. Gutmark|
||Engineering Aligned, Bioactive Polymers for Peripheral Nerve Repair
|Chemical and Environmental Engineering||Advanced Biofuels Development from Renewable Biomass||Dr. Tu|
|Chemical and Environmental Engineering||Catalytic Elemental Mercury Oxidation (3 projects)||Dr. Lee|
|Chemical and Environmental Engineering||Electrocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Ethanol||Dr. Wu
|Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||Microelectronics and Integrated Systems with Neuro-centric Devices (MIND) Lab (2 Projects)||Dr. Jha|
|Electrical Engineering and Computer Science||Networked Requirements Traceability||Dr. Niu|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Eco-Friendly 3D Printing||Dr. Sundaram|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Exploring Water as a Cutting Tool||Dr. Sundaram|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Universal Millirobot||Dr. Schulz|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Energy Storage Devices Based on Three Dimensional Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) (2 Projects)||Dr. Shanov|
|Mechanical and Materials Engineering||Onboard Sense-Avoid (SAA) for small Unmanned Aerial Systems||Dr. Kumar|
- All mentors have extensive research programs
- All mentors are known for working with young researchers
- Faculty usually have extensive research programs
- Have graduate students that help mentor Protege students
- Industry mentors have group members that help mentor students
Protege mentors are expected to work with beginning students to develop their research project. Mentors should provide students with background information about the project and be able to answer the following:
- What is the goal?
- What approach is envisioned?
- What results are being sought?
Protege mentors should provide resources required to accomplish the project and be available to provide ongoing advice on the project. They should personally spend about three (3) hours per week with the student.