Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott's Undergraduate Research Institute
Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) promotes research, scholarly, and creative activities at the undergraduate level. By enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, URI helps to prepare Embry-Riddle students to contribute as productive individuals, employees, and citizens. URI is university-wide and invites students and faculty from all disciplines to participate.

Why participate in URI?

  • Gain hands-on research experience
  • Participate in national competitions
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Network with industry leaders, faculty, and students

Participation in URI includes

  • One-on-one work with faculty mentors
  • Workshops in Ethics & Professionalism, Presentations, Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Share your findings at the ERAU Undergraduate Symposium, ERAU Discovery Day, ERAU outreach events and external conferences

URI Funding

The URI provides more than $100,000 annually in funding for student research and development, scholarly and creative, and competition-based grants. Our Eagle Prize or E-Prize Grants fund teams of students to develop material and attend regional, national or international competitions and for the implementation of new competitions.

Our Ignite Grants fund individual or teams of students to conduct research, scholarly, or creative projects with a focus towards presenting their work at professional conferences and publishing in scholarly and industry journals.

We also provide small Travel Grants for students to present their work at conferences.  We have both academic term and summer term funding cycles.  We have a team of dedicated faculty and staff mentors committed to assisting students with their projects. 

Student Blogs

Introduction to Censorship by the Chinese Government

Alexandra Armstrong is a Global Security and Intelligence Studies major who is also pursuing a minor in Cyber Intelligence and Security and Psychology. Alexandra's blog discusses the state of censorship in China, covering topics such as history, reasons for censorship, current government legislation, and news.

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Making Graphene Composites Thanks to URI

International student Trupti Mahendrakar from Bangalore, India makes graphene based composites for aircrafts and rockets. Graphene, a new material discovered in 2004, is known for its extraordinary chemical and physical properties. 

College Research Projects

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College of Arts and Sciences

Exotic propulsion, astroparticle physics, and evaluating the detection of emotional responses. Explore the College of Arts and Sciences for more amazing research topics.

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College of Aviation

Wingsuit aerodynamic performance and design, software development for meteorological analysis, and aircraft icing through cloud parameterization are only a few of the research topics available in Aviation.

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College of Engineering

Topics of research for the College of Engineering include fatigue analysis of aircraft structures, space robotics, and aircraft design optimization.

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College of Security and Intelligence

Research interests for the College of Security and Intelligence include exploration of hidden processes of unforseen violence, international law and intelligence legal issues, and mitigating the threat of active shooters.

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Contact Us

Dr. Anne Boettcher
Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program Director
Ginger MacGowan
Administrative Assistant, URI

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