Stevens offers two elite programs for our especially high-achieving students - the Stevens Scholars and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research programs. These programs are ideal for students who want to push the boundaries of their education even further. Students selected to participate in these programs gain valuable exposure to and experience in advanced research, design, and business development projects, earning stipends and covering housing expenses during periods of summer research.
Among many benefits, the programs give undergraduates a leg up in the job market and/or advancement to competitive graduate and doctoral studies.
The Stevens Scholars Program
The Stevens Scholars Program is an invitation-only program in which undergraduates apply their engineering and scientific knowledge to design and research. Students do not apply to the program; they are identified and selected during the undergraduate admissions process or after earning a minimum GPA of 3.8 after their first semester at Stevens. Guided by the expertise of a faculty advisor, Stevens Scholars build a significant mentor relationship with dedicated and reputable professors engaged in cutting edge, applied discovery. Scholars work on research, design, or the development of a device or system during the academic year and a minimum of two summers.
The Stevens Scholars Program immerses qualified undergraduates in unique and extremely valuable hands-on exploration and application - experience not traditionally available on the undergraduate level at most universities. Scholars share their work at professional seminars and student engineering and science society meetings. The summer research opportunities include stipends and residential housing. Scholars are also extended the opportunity to participate in accelerated programs of study, combined degrees, honors seminars, and special lectures.
Sample Research Projects by Current and Past Stevens Scholars
- Neural Tissue Engineering
- Decoding the Brain: Using EEG signals to Predict Muscle Patterns
- Analyzing Mozart’s Symphony in G Minor
- Facebook Forensics App
- Existentialist Aesthetics Applied to the Idea of Music as Noise
- BioRobotics Surgical Robotics System
- Ambient Energy Harvesting
- Building Natural User Interfaces for Learning Applications
- Parallel Markets? Housing and Student Loans
- Incorporation of Nano-Scale Spacer Molecules into Graphene Supercapacitors
- Development of a Microfluidic 3D Arthritic Cartilage Tissue Model
- Building Proximity-Based Augmented Reality Environments
- Synthesis of Novel Heterocycles Using Radical Chemistry
- Multi-Platform Robotics
- Translocation of Artificial Viruses to the Nucleus with the Assistance of Ubiquitin
- Flexible Transparent Keyboard
- Case Studies on Information Flow Security for Android Apps
- Inverted Flying Robot
- An Analytical Model of a Novel, Microfluidic PEM Fuel Cell Device
- Technologies for Trauma
Combined Academic Programs
As a Stevens Scholar, you can earn a combined bachelor's/master's degree in just four years, at no additional tuition cost.
What Students Say
“I've conducted two summers of research under my advisor Professor Andy Brick along with my fellow scholar Taylore Fowler. The opportunity has greatly enriched my experience here at Stevens, giving me a chance to learn outside the curriculum, as well as stay involved on campus over the summer. Researching at Stevens with some of the top Professors in their respective fields is definitely a great way to build a resume, as well as a working relationship with some of the industry's best. In my case, that is Professor Brick, who is an accomplished conductor, film, and videogame composer among other things. Spending the summer working for a professional has provided me very valuable insight into my field.”
-Owen Hayes, Music & Technology, Class of 2014
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research Program
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Program engages undergraduates in research, design, or business projects for ten weeks over the summer. Students identify a suitable project, select a faculty advisor, and submit a proposal to the Research Program Committee. Faculty review proposals and identify students with whom they will work.
This relationship becomes a unique, student-mentor collaboration for the duration of the project. Often times, the students' work is carried on throughout their student career and integrated into their senior capstone projects.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research students advance technology and enterprise on a high level, attracting the attention of leaders and venture capitalists that support the most critical, high-impact innovation today. They gain invaluable experience in real-world problem solving and create impressive resumes even before graduating from Stevens. What's more, they distinguish themselves as the motivated, creative, and commercial-savvy graduates that top companies and graduate programs demand.
Get the full scoop from participating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Research students by watching THIS VIDEO highlighting 2011 summer researchers. Please note the program's former name: Technogenesis Summer Research Program.
Sample Research Projects by Current Innovation and Entrepreneurship Researchers
- Large Area High Quality Graphene Growth
- Analysis of Air Bubble Movement on Submerged Superhydrophobic Surface
- Bacterial Growth on Nanostructured Substrates with Antibacterial Clay Coatings
- Medical Imaging Transmition
- The Recover and Recovery of Phosphate and Ammonia from Wastewater
- Business Development
- Smart Sensor and Home Automation
- Maximizing the Quality of Care Outcomes of a NJ Community-Centered Medical Center
- Mechanical Actuation in Bone Cell Tissue
- Organizing Business Process Management Efforts: A Survey of Best Practices
- Omnidirectional Micro Aerial Vehicle System Testing
- Biopolymer Matrices for Skin Graft Cultures
- Computational Modeling for BioInnovation
- Probabilistic Risk Assessment System for Ambulatory Surgery Centers
- Utilizing Computer Vision for Assistance in Stereoscopic Endoscopy for Robotic-Assisted Surgery
- Rotating Drum Collector for Nanofibers
- Engineering Scaffolds for Cartilage Regeneration
- Cognitive Radio Test Bed Development
- Market Research and Business Planning
- Nano-Structured Clay Coated Bio-Surfaces
What Students Say
“One of my favorite things about my summer research project was that one of the classes I took over the spring semester, Process Analysis, directly applied to my project, and I realized I had the capability to solve real-world problems. In addition, I got to decide what I wanted to do for my project. I sought out professor Meng, met with him several times to discuss the possible fellowship opportunity, and he helped me write up my proposal. I am not very interested in the more common applications of chemical engineering, such as in petrols and pharmaceuticals, and the program gave me a chance to pursue my main interest, which is practical water purifications. My advice to incoming students is to take advantage of everything available here. Stevens offers so many networking opportunities, be prepared and ready to seize them.” –Christina DeLago, Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Public Policy), Summer 2012.
"This summer, I worked with a suite of predictive modeling software for forest management. The software would allow professional loggers to use probabilities to determine how they should manage the forests that they harvest or preserve. Right now, we are working with the Canadian forest service and using parameters for their forest as a comparison or bench mark to apply this to global variables that would apply to every forest." -Ian Cordasco, Mathematics, Summer 2011
"My task this summer was to research regenerative braking and all of its uses and applications, as well as assist in the development of a Wave Energy Harnessing Device (WEHD), which is essentially a hydraulic regenerative braking system that produces electricity from wave energy. This research will give us a better idea of where hybrid vehicles and regenerative braking technology will be in the future." Corey Linden, Mechanical Engineering, Summer 2011