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Any student, regardless of experience, is welcome to join a student-led research group. We've set aside Friday afternoons as time to explore interesting applications and the cutting-edge of technology.

The benefits of participating in a research group-

  • Letter of recommendation from professors.
  • Developing teambuilding skills.
  • Project-based learning that emphasizes developing cutting-edge skills and tools.
  • The opportunity to present your work at regional conferences.
  • Publishing research papers.

Students that participate in extra-curricular activities such as these are often the most marketable, sought-after students upon graduation.

Examples of student-led research in the department:

  • Mathematical modeling of hurricanes and weather development patterns.
  • Data science competitions involving machine learning -categorizing social media posts as cyber bullying
  • Virtual Reality -a baseball simulator that allows you to experience what it is like to try to hit a 100 mph fastball.
  • App Development -a VR app that serves as a virtual tour of Drake University.
  • Game Development -a Drake-themed version of an Action Role Playing Game, The Legend of Zelda.
  • Data Mining of political tweets to determine the likelihood that a tweet has a political affiliation.
  • Machine Learning and Robotics -teaching a robot to automatously drive around Collier-Scripps Hall.
  • 3D Printing.
  • Networking and Computer Engineering -programming an Arduino to communicate with a graphing calculator. 

Contact Professor Tim Urness if you have any questions or would like to join a group.


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