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Research Opportunities

A big advantage of attending a major research university as an undergraduate is the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and graduate students on exciting research projects and industry partnerships. The college regularly partners with businesses, government agencies and industries to discover practical solutions to real-world problems. Students become valuable team members in research groups that are tackling economic, ethical and environmental issues.

With more than $100 million in sponsored research support annually, Clemson is one of the National Science Foundation’s top-100 research universities. Research in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences alone attracts more than $50 million annually in competitively sponsored grants. As a result, Clemson houses some of the most sophisticated research centers, laboratory facilities and testing instrumentation in the Southeast.

Students in Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to engage in research opportunities available to them during their time at Clemson. As a part of their curriculum, all undergraduate students will complete three credit hours of undergraduate research. Additionally, students can engage in other research opportunities including Creative Inquiry classes, lab positions, and REU – Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.

Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry projects allow students to research and problem solve projects in small-groups settings while working with the support of a faculty mentor. To learn more about Creative Inquiry or to see what projects are currently available, please visit


Research Experience for Undergraduates Programs are funded through the National Science Foundation. Each REU site hosts a small number of undergraduate students for the summer to work on a specific research project at the institution. To learn more about REUs and find REU sites, please visit

For more information about Clemson’s REU program, please visit