Research Mentorship Program

Applications for Fall/Winter 2018/2019 will be sent out via email in April for incoming freshman and in July for sophomores. More information may be posted later. 

What is it?

The Research Mentorship Program is an opportunity for first and second-year women engineering and technology students to perform research work while being mentored by a faculty member in a laboratory setting. The mentorship will last at least two semesters and will require approximately 5 hours of research work per week. The mentorships provide a stipend to the students for the time spent in the laboratory.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any first or second year female, BYU student that has declared a major in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology is eligible for the program. Recipients are selected based on academic merit and a short essay. If you are eligible, you will be notified by the college. 

When can I apply?

First-year women students who are eligible will be sent an invitation to apply around April 1st. However, the application is open now. First-year applications are due around April 8th, and students are notified around April 25th of each year.

Second-year women students who are eligible will be sent an invitation to apply around July 15th. Second-year applications are due around July 31st, and students are notified around August 5th.

Why should I apply?

Students that participate in this program, as well as other undergraduate research programs, have an opportunity to enrich their education at a more advanced level. Students receive hands on experience in labs and learn more about the new technologies in their field of study. Participants in the Research Mentorship Program learn valuable skills and develop relationships with professors and other research students.


   2014-2015 Research Mentorship Recipients

2014-2015 Sophomore Research Mentorship Recipients


Valuable Lessons Learned by Previous Mentorship Students:

"I learned that the engineering program will be hard, but worth it. I had the opportunity to work alongside some great upperclassmen, and I learned a lot about classes from them. I also learned that anyone can do research. Even though I'm a freshman and haven't taken any of the core civil engineering courses yet, I have still made huge contributions to the lab and my opinion is valued. And, I learned that professors aren't the tyrants that your high school teachers tell you they will be. Working with them has made me see just how much they care about each student, and is one of the main reasons why I will stick to the civil engineering program."

--Civil Engineering student


“I learned how to do literature reviews for research. I learned the importance of speaking up and taking initiative if you want to get anything done. I also learned how a research lab generally functions.”

--Mechanical Engineering student


“I realized that I can do things on my own even when they are hard at first. I was scared to have to do all the data on my own in the beginning because I was afraid I would mess something up, but it taught me to have confidence in myself and what I can do.”

--Chemical Engineering student