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Departmental Opportunities

You’ll find a number of amazing opportunities available through our department. Here are a few examples:
 

COMPUTING FOR THE GREATER GOOD:

Computer Science students find ways to make use of their technical knowledge towards a number of service intitiatives. Below are some examples of how CS students can make a difference at home and abroad: 
 


 

Engineering Social Change.  Members work toward sustainable solutions to development problems at home and abroad.  It coordinates project teams that develop environmentally, culturally, and economically sustainable technologies.

M-Heal is a multidisciplinary effort to develop sustainable solutions for global health. Members volunteer at World Medical Relief to test and repair medical equipment, evaluate unmet medical needs in hospitals in the developing world, and design and build medical devices to meet these needs.


 

MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDENT TEAMS:

Many CS students participate in student teams that design and build systems to compete in national and international competitions or to advance the social good. Although these teams are often based on North Campus, they are open to all students. Almost always, CS is a critical component for team success. Competitive Teams:
 

Members of MAAV engage in the design, building, and testing of an autonomous unmanned aerial system (UAS) while furthering multiple areas of Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering research.

UM::Autonomy is an award winning, undergraduate student project team. Every year a team builds an autonomous boat to participate in the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation Roboboat competition.

Since 1990, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team has been designing, building, and racing America's best solar vehicles, with 6 consecutive National Championships, 9 overall, 5 Top-3 World finishes, and 1 International Championship. 

Michigan Hybrid Racing (MHybrid) is UM’s official Formula Hybrid racing team. Their mission is to design, build, test, and finance our own high-performance, hybrid-electric Formula-style race car that competes at the Formula Hybrid competition at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

MRover is a competition-oriented team whose goal is to compete in and win the University Rover Challenge (URC) that takes place every year at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah.


 

CAPSTONE COURSE/MAJOR DESIGN EXPERIENCE:

This is the perfect opportunity to create the app of your dreams. For most capstone courses, you may choose your own project and your own team. Past projects included:

  • A mobile app to monitor the breathing of newborns

  • A mobile app to assist farmers in India in getting the best price for their produce by cutting out the middleman

  • A WYSIWYG equation editor for Android with a link to Wolfram for solutions
  • And of course, games for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, etc.

  • Singapore Connection: Creating Mobile Learning Apps for K-12. See the video below.
     


 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

There are a variety of research opportunities for undergraduate students at U-M.  Students are encouraged to approach CS faculty for advice on projects.  Our faculty are highly approachable, so if their door is open pleasewalk in and introduce yourself – don’t worry, they won’t bite. Research opportunities are available as follows:

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). This program creates research partnerships between first and second year students and U-M faculty. All schools and colleges are active participants in UROP.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE). This program pays undergraduate students for 10-12 weeks during the summer to work with a CS faculty member on a research project defined by the faculty.  LSA and non-U-M students are able to apply through the SURE application process.
  • Independent Study. A great deal of leading-edge academic research is carried out at U-M. You can get involved in this type of research as an undergraduate, which will provide you with valuable training for future work in the field and a letter of reference for grad school. If one of your professors is doing work that is interesting to you, approach him or her to discuss this possibility.

  • Senior Honors Thesis Option