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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 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

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. A full UTF position requires 12 hours of work per week; a half position requires 6 hours per week. 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 eceadvise@umd.edu.

For a glimpse into the UTF experience, read more.

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

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.

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

Some of the research opportunities that have been offered in the URF program are:

  • quorum sensing theory as a basis for the synthesis of collective behavior in robots
  • determining the time a still image was captured
  • investigating and quantifying how music is represented in the auditory cortex

Participants are in the last year of their program and carry a minimum GPA of 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

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

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