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 applictions and the cutting-edge of technology.
The benefits of participating in a group are numerous:
- glowing letters of recommendations from professors
- developing teamwork skills
- project-based learning that emphasizes developing cutting-edge skills and tools
- presenting 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.