The Western Transportation Institute offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to gain significant transportation research experience.  The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (URE) is year-long research program for advanced undergraduate students at MSU.  Successful applicants will develop a research work plan on a transportation problem of interest and will work together with a professional researcher at WTI to execute their research plan, to produce a final report, and to present their results to staff and peers at the end of the program. 

Careers and graduate programs in science and engineering require demonstrable analytical and communication skills.  To be competitive, students must be able to show that they are capable of independent and creative thinking in their fields.  The URE provides a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a professional researcher at WTI, paid hands-on research experience, assistance in developing invaluable skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation and in communicating research results to a broader public.  Students will also receive paid travel opportunities for successful paper submissions to professional conferences.   


Students will receive $10/hour for their research work and are eligible for student travel funds to present at a professional conference, pending successful paper submission.  Participants will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week on their projects during the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters.