The Research Immersion for Students in Engineering (RISE) Program provides research experiences for first and second year engineering students at NC State. The program is meant to introduce the basics of academic research to students with little or no previous research experience.  In addition to participating in a semester-long research project under the mentorship of an ASSIST faculty member, students will also receive training in appropriate research practices including design of experiments, data collection and analysis, literature reviews, etc. Students will also participate in activities aimed to improve creativity, innovation, and systems thinking skills.


RISE Program Components

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Students will have the opportunity to select from among a list of possible research topics.  Groups of 3-4 students will be be formed based on common interests and will be assigned to a specific project under the guidance of an ASSIST faculty mentor.  Groups are expected to complete the project within a one-semester (4 month) time frame. At the end of the project, groups will present a poster at the NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium.




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Students will participate in a series of activities and workshops aimed at developing essential research skills. These will include:

  • Introduction to research methods workshops
  • Tools and Techniques for successful literature searches
  • Keys to successful poster and oral presentations workshop
  • Systems Thinking Workshop: An introduction to mind mapping
  • Creativity Workshop
  • Periodic project update meetings with program coordinators


 Requirements for Admission

  • Motivated first and second year  engineering students interested in engaging in undergraduate research.
  • Must be enrolled in the College of Engineering.  Matriculation into a particular engineering department is not required.
  • Pre-requisites: PY 205 and MA 241.
  • Commitment to complete a one-semester project along with the required program activities, and present a poster at the NCSU undergraduate research symposium.

Application Process

Apply for RISE Program

To submit an online application, follow the link above. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so submit yours as soon as possible!

Note the application form requires that you submit:

  • Official or Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • The name and e-mail address of at least one professor, faculty member, or other individual who can vouch for your academic merits and has agreed to provide a recommendation.

 Contact Us

For questions regarding the RISE program, contact Dr. Elena Veety (enicole@ncsu.edu)