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:

Due to the corona pandemic, we could not start the STAR program, which was supposed to begin in March. We are now starting the program with some critical modifications. Different from previous years, this year’s STAR program will include an intense summer research phase. We will soon post a list of possible project titles to our website. However, we encourage our students to communicate (via e-mail) with faculty on potential research topics and opportunities. Note that the project and faculty list will be just a guideline, you can undoubtedly work with faculty whose name is not on the list, and of course, your research topic doesn’t need to be on the list. 

If you agree on a research title with a faculty member, you should fill out the application form (which will update soon) under the Forms tab and follow the steps explained. Like the previous years, you should be able to commit a set number of hours per week to work on your research project during the fall and spring months. Moreover, this year, we would like our students to show an increased effort and allocate a substantial amount of time for their research during the intensified summer phase. To be compatible with our new summer practice guidelines, we require that you spend at least 30 full-time (8 hours/day) working days to your research until the start of the semester in September. 

At the end of the intense summer research phase, you will submit a technical/scientific report. We will monitor all of the reports with Turnitin software, and we will expect the submissions to satisfy a specific originality score. Indeed, we will require the approval of your STAR supervisor; however, another faculty member will also evaluate your reports. Based on the evaluation results, you will be allowed (or not) to continue the STAR program. We will later post the format and template of the reports. 

Note that with this intense summer research phase and new associated structure, the STAR program becomes compatible with the updated summer practice course.  In order words, if you can successfully fulfill the requirements of the summer research phase of the STAR program, your research output can be evaluated within the EE300/EE400 summer practice courses.

We will close the applications at the end of June. However, you are highly encouraged to talk to the faculty members and start working on your projects as early as possible. 

Timeline of the program:

  • July 10, 2020 – Applications
  • June to Mid September 2020 – Intense summer research phase
  • Add-drop Week (Late September 2020) – Summer research technical/scientific report due
  • March 2021 – Posters and final technical/scientific reports due
  • March 2021 – Poster presentations and award ceremony

Requirements:

This year we removed the GPA and CGPA requirements for the program. However, you need to understand the fact that each faculty member has different requirements and expectations. 

On the other hand, we expect that only students who are highly motivated to participate in research activities in our department and fully committed to finishing the whole program to apply for the STAR program.

We also do not guarantee that each student willing to enter the program and count the summer phase of the research as a summer practice requirement will find a faculty member. 

Awards:
Each student who succesfuly completes the program will receive a program certificate of completion in the award ceremony. Also, there will be special awards, such as the best poster presentation award and publication award.