We live in a time of fast-paced, constantly-evolving issues, opportunities, and technologies that ripple across areas such as health, energy, and global sustainability. Real-world challenges are nothing like the neatly packaged exercises presented in textbooks. Problems are often unstructured, and defining the questions to address can be as elusive as their solutions.

Research is an exploratory process where students learn to confront, if not embrace, ambiguity and uncertainty. They develop instincts and confidence in their decisions, methods of measuring and analyzing progress, and proficiency in communicating ideas effectively. These are not just skills for success in the lab, they are skills for success in life—the same ones needed to tackle almost any challenge. Through programs like Lehigh's STEM-SI, the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars, and Inquiry to Impact projects, Lehigh's faculty are committed to providing meaningful research opportunities to all interested students. 

Undergraduate research is celebrated and promoted in the Rossin College, and more than 40% of our students participate in faculty-led research endeavors. This culture of research is on proud display during the annual David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. Held each spring, the Symposium showcases the capabilities of today's rising Lehigh Engineers, and highlights the resources and opportunities Lehigh provides to undergraduates. Review its Web site for examples of student researchers in action, or check out the links below!

Student Researcher Profiles: