Student Research

Kettering University provides hands-on research experiences for students from the moment they step on campus. 

Students interested in research on campus are encouraged to review the following information.

Kettering University Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Kettering University Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a National Science Foundation-sponsored program that empowers motivated undergraduate students in the science and engineering fields to participate in summer research projects.

Kettering University’s REU theme is “Utilizing Plants for Innovative Research (UPIR): Cultivating the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers” and is an 8 week program that brings together interdisciplinary teams of researchers and undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge plant-themed research.

To learn more about the REU program at Kettering visit UPIR-REU.

Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences (CCUE)

The CCUE helps students develop a project plan for their senior thesis that combines faculty-led guidance, class and lab work, hands-on working experience and a focused study topic. A thesis typically involves a thesis project from the student’s co-op sponsor, opportunities with research faculty, non-profit community organizations, entrepreneurs, and other business ventures. Topics include: new product development, process improvement, community enrichment and new business planning.

To learn more about completing a research thesis, contact Michelle Gebhardt at

Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)

The OSR assists faculty and students seek funding opportunities for their research projects. The OSR encourages faculty collaboration and helps pair interested students with research projects on campus.

To learn more about current sponsored research projects on campus, contact Tom Creech at

Individual Faculty Members

Undergraduate students interested in research are encouraged to reach out to individual faculty members who are currently working in areas that are of interest to them. Kettering faculty are engaged in research in a variety of fields ranging from alternative energy and machine design to crash safety and anti-cancer treatments.

Research faculty directory

Getting An Assistantship

In order to be eligible for an assistantship, students must be accepted at a graduate program. View Kettering's graduate programs.

Students interested in graduate assistantships are encouraged to reach out to individual faculty members to learn more about research projects and opportunities.

Research Spotlight