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Undergraduate Research|School of Energy Resources

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research provides opportunities to acquire hands-on experience in energy resources and is recommended for students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing.  Research projects provide learning experiences that connect classroom work to real-world experience and prepares students for competitive success in the workforce.

Eligibility Requirements

  • School of Energy Resources (SER) students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better and sophomore or higher standing are eligible for the undergraduate research program.
  • Students declared in the Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy or Air/Land/Water concentrations are eligible to receive credit for an undergraduate research project.

Responsibilities of the Student

  • Students make arrangements for their research project including finding a UW faculty member/supervisor to sponsor the project.  SER students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors to discuss research opportunities.
  • A Memorandum of Agreement will be developed and approved by the student, faculty supervisor, academic advisor, and undergraduate research coordinator prior to the beginning of the research.
  • Students are eligible to enroll in ERS 4965 after the Memorandum of Agreement is approved.
  • The student will complete a minimum of 80 hours work for every hour of desired credit.
  • A stipend may be paid to the student.  Funding is available through fellowship opportunities with the Wyoming EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, the Anadarko Fellowship for Excellence in Energy Scholarship, and the Nielson Excellence Fellowship in Energy Studies.
  • Students will comply with the faculty supervisor's policies and procedures including confidentiality and intellectual property.
  • Keep a weekly journal and document work activity, new skills and learning acquired during the research, and observations and reflections on the internship experience.
  • Students will prepare an 8 to 10-page paper describing their research learning experience.  This paper will serve as the student's evaluation of the research.  Refer to the Suggested Outline for Final Paper for more details.  The paper must be submitted by the Monday of finals week.
  • Participate in Undergraduate Research Day hosted by Wyoming EPSCoR.
  • Submit an updated version of your resume showing the skills acquired to your academic advisor at the end of the research project.
  • Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss the highlights of your research and discuss your resume.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Supervisor

  • The research project should be designed to provide the student with a wide variety of opportunities and experience.
  • The skills and knowledge learned must be transferable to the classroom and future employment settings.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end with clearly defined learning objectives and goals.
  • Faculty supervisors will complete an Undergraduate Research Evaluation form on completion of the research project.  The evaluation will be shared with the student upon permission from the employer and used to improve the undergraduate research program.



Contact Pam Henderson at or call 307-766-6879 if you have questions about the undergraduate research program.

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