Research and Independent Study

Research Programs

There are several programs within Pratt that give undergrads research opportunities while earning credit. Each program offers distinct opportunities.

  • Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellows - Three semesters of independent study, plus summer research.
  • Grand Challenge Scholars Program - Flexible curriculum focused on a societal grand challenge. Includes research, courses outside of engineering, and training/experience in entrepreneurship, and both a global and service learning component.
  • Duke Smart Home Fellows - One or more semester of independent study focused on smart technology and/or sustainable living.

Independent Study

Undergraduate students can conduct intensive, hands-on research for academic credit by taking independent study courses (See department courses: BMECEEECEMEMS). Independent study can qualify you for Graduation with Departmental Distinction. And, with some planning, these courses can be a part of several of our signature research programs described below.

Independent Study + You Pick the Faculty

If you decide not to pursue one of the research programs above--or just want more flexibility for your independent study--explore the research interests of Pratt's engineering faculty. With the right match of interests, you can work with faculty from any department--not just faculty from your department/major. 

Or you can look at campus-wide research, internship or job opportunities. DukeList includes listings of on-campus research (paid and unpaid) and leadership opportunities for students, as well as on-campus jobs.

Before You Ask Our Academic Deans...

Connie Simmons and Lupita Temiquel-McMillian are Pratt's Academic Deans for Undergraduates. They are an excellent resource for all Pratt undergrads and you should not hesitate to sign up for an appointment. But before you do that, see if we've covered your question already in the policies and procedures section of our website.