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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 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.


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