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DPE Summer Research

". . these young scientists and engineers teach us something beyond the specific topics that they’re exploring. They teach us how to question assumptions; to wonder why something is the way it is, and how we can make it better. And they remind us that there’s always something more to learn, and to try, and to discover, and to imagine -- and that it’s never too early, or too late to create or discover something new."

- President Barack Obama

Use your creativity and classroom knowledge as guides through the process of discovery. Undergraduate research gives you the opportunity to learn by being directly involved in it. Explore your interests and discover passions while improving collaboration, technical, and communication skills. Seize the chance through summer research to gain insight about your career and graduate school plans.

DPE offers undergraduate research opportunities for engineers as well as for those in STEM fields. Learn more about our summer Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Experience for Undergraduates (LSAMP REU) which is open to students from Cornell and other universities. 

We also have a unique summer program, the Engineering Summer Math Institute (ESMI), that offers select Cornell Engineers, who are enrolled in a summer session math course, a research opportunity.


Engineering Summer Math Institute (ESMI)

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Engineering Summer Math Institute (ESMI) Program Information  

Apply by March 29, 2024 

The Engineering Summer Math Institute (ESMI) is a 9-week summer program during which participants enroll in a summer math class (MATH 1920, 2930 or 2940) and participate in an applied math project under the guidance of the ESMI math instructor.  Throughout the summer, students also participate in peer-facilitated collaborative learning workshops to support their coursework. At the end of the summer, all ESMI participants present their work at the Cornell LSAMP & McNair Research Symposium.  


Requirements: ​ 

  • Must attend and actively participate in all ESMI activities; 
  • Must be available for the entire duration of the program: Sunday, June 9 - Friday, August 9, 2024
  • Must apply for Leadership Strategies Center (LSC) Scholarship (if eligible).  Determine your eligibility and apply here: https://lsc.cornell.edu/consult-with/lsc-scholarship/

Priority consideration is given to those students who must take or retake a summer math course in order to stay on track for affiliation.  Benefits include:

  • Tuition for the summer math course 
  • $2,000 stipend
  • On-campus housing
  • Limited summer meal option included
  • Additional assistance and supports with math courses
  • Required individual and small group advising and tutoring 

Program Dates: Sunday, June 9 - Friday, August 9, 2024

Apply for ESMI:

  • Submit this application by March 29, 2024. 
  • Application includes a short essay (minimum of 1000 words). Within this essay, please answer each of the following discussion points. Each discussion point has to be a minimum of 250 words:
  • Briefly explain why you are interested in participating in ESMI. 
  • Explain how the program can help you reach your short-term academic goal(s).
  • If you need a summer course to stay on track for affiliation, please explain why
  • Discuss any lived experience that have played a role or made an impact on your education development/growth thus far
  • Optional: upload your resume