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. 

Undergradute Research Student

Student Blogs

Gravitational Wave discovery

Sophia Schwalbe is a Junior in Space Physics and has participated in research with LIGO to prove the existence of gravitational waves, first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. This research contributed to a project that went on to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2017. Read her blog LIGO Proved Gravitational Waves Exist and I Helped!


Graphene Undergraduate Research Institute

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. Learn more from her blog, Making Graphene Composites Thanks to URI

College Research Projects

College of Arts and Sciences

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.

 College of Aviation

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.


College of Engineering

College of Engineering

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

College of Security and Intelligence

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
Director, URI
Email: boettcha@erau.edu 

Ginger MacGowan
Administrative Assistant, URI
Email: macgowav@erau.edu

Featured Stories

Social Media Awareness

Prescott CSI Students Aim to Stop Teen Cyberbullying and Sexting

Embry-Riddle Prescott campus' College of Security and Intelligence (CSI) students have completed a three-semester capstone project aimed at curbing the negative effects of social media among teens, focused on orchestrating a change in the current social norms regarding teens and social media, and how that information is taught in schools. 


AZ Hyperloop Team

Embry-Riddle Prescott Students Participate in SpaceX's Hyperloop Competition

Five Embry-Riddle campus students took part as members of the Arizona Hyperloop team--a lineup of over 100 talented students from various colleges and universities across Arizona. After rigorous tests and demonstrations, AZLoop's pod placed fifth overall--bringing to a conclusion countless cumulative hours of shared time, effort, and engineering brilliance.