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Undergraduate Teaching Fellowships

Each semester the ECE department hires some of its finest students in high academic standing (3.3 GPA and higher) to serve as Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UTFs) to lead labs and/or discussion sections for many of its 100-and 200-level ENEE courses. Some of these courses include:

  • ENEE 101: Introduction to Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • ENEE 140: Introduction to Programming Concepts for Engineers
  • ENEE 150: Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineers
  • ENEE 200: Social and Ethical Dimensions of Engineering Technology
  • ENEE 205: Electric Circuits
  • ENEE 244: Digital Logical Design
Application Process

Students interested in participating in this program are asked to apply in the semester prior to the one in which they would like to teach. They are then hired and assigned to work with a professor. The application process for UTF is as follow:

  • Fall Semester: Call for applications for Fall UTF position typically go out in mid-April of the previous semester.
  • Spring Semseter: Call for Spring UTF position typically go out in late-October of the previous semester.
UTF Duties

UTF positions hourly commitment range between 6 to 12 hours per week, depending on the course. In addition to leading labs and/or discussion sections, UTFs are expected to hold regular office hours and grade homework and lab experiments as applicable. Students interested in learning more about UTF positions can send inquiries to

Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URF)

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) launched an Undergraduate Research Fellows (URF) program in the fall of 2012. In the inaugural year, the program supported 10 fellows who were rising ECE seniors.

About the URF Program

Students selected to participate in the program receive a stipend of $5,000 for the year. The initiative provides undergraduate ECE students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research with faculty members and/or our corporate partners, thereby enhancing future employment or graduate school opportunities.

The URF selection process is a competitive one, applicants selected for the program typically have a cumulative UMD GPA of a 3.3. Each student is required to dedicate a minimum of 12 hours per week to their fellowship. This research experience may be counted as one course in the honors program.

URF Symposium & Poster Session

As the academic year ends, the department will host a URF Symposium & Poster Session to showcase the research project of the URF students through a presentation and/or poster. The top three research projects will be recognized during the symposium with a plaque and cash awards.

With the implementation of this program, the ECE department supports an NSF initiative for education outreach.