About the Program:

EEE Undergraduate Student Academic Research (STAR) Program is a one-year program that provides EEE undergraduate students with the opportunity to be part of various research groups in the department and conduct cutting-edge research. The STAR Program has been initiated for the first time in 2014 when Prof. Dr. Gonul Turhan Sayan was the chair of the department, with the aim of encouraging a culture of undergraduate research, and it has become a regular yearly event since then.

As a STAR student, you will have a chance to get know department faculty and graduate students, join an established research group and contribute to the work, or pursue your own ideas. If you are planning to continue your studies in the graduate school, STAR program may provide you an opportunity to start your work early.

 

Structure of the Program:
The program starts in March, and continues for a year. Every year a list of projects proposed by our faculty is provided in the Current Program tab. These are often short descriptions to get you start a discussion with the respective faculty member. You may fine-tune the research topic with your advisor or propose a completely new subject. If you would like to work with faculty members who are not listed in the Current Program tab, you may want to talk to them directly.

If you agree on a common project with a faculty member, you should fill out the application form under Forms tab and follow the steps explained there. Please note that, you should be able to commit a set number of hours per week to work on your research project. The duration of your studies and the required time will be determined by the STAR advisor.

If you are not currently enrolled in the program and considering to join, you are highly encouraged to talk to the faculty members and start working on your project as early as possible.

The one-year program ends with final report submissions, poster presentations and the award ceremony. Below is the tentative timeline of the program:

March – Application deadline
Following April  – Progress surveys due
Following October – Half-time reports due
Following February – Final reports due
Following March – Poster presentations and award ceremony

 

Requirements:
EEE STAR program is open to all students with good academic standing.

  • Students in all years (freshman to 4th year) can apply.
  • Applicants need to have either GPA (regular semester, no summer school) or CPGA to be higher than 2.5, while none of them is below 2.0.
  • If the applicant cannot satisfy these requirements, we recommend that the student spends the extra hours that will be allocated for the STAR program to study for the lectures in order to get her/his grades up. If the student still would like to work with a faculty member, she/he should contact the faculty member and get written consent to wave this requirement.

 

Awards:
Each student who completes the program will receive a program certificate of completion in the award ceremony. In addition, students that make most successful poster presentations as well as those involve in a conference/journal paper submission will win special awards.