Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) at SIUE is committed to giving our undergraduate students the chance to engage in the types of work that professionals in their chosen fields are doing in the "real world." By providing these types of hands-on experiences and fostering meaningful mentoring relationships with professors, we are not only giving our students an excellent education, but we're providing them with the tools they need to succeed as future graduate students, employees, and citizens of the world!
Hear what senior computer science student Brent Beer and Professor Jerry Weinberg have to say about the URCA.
|A two-time SIUE graduate, Raymond Walter admits he's always had a soft spot for SIUE. He earned a BS in 1986 and a master's in 1993, both in electrical engineering, and is now pursuing a doctorate in engineering science. Raymond is an employee of The Boeing Company in St. Louis and currently works as a targeting and weapons systems engineer. "This level of education can open the door for a research or mentoring role at Boeing or possibly a second career such as teaching or consulting when I retire," he said.|
|Junior engineering student Duygu Sagiroglu is from Istanbul, Turkey. Through a dual diploma program, the SIUE School of Engineering and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) are providing Turkish students the opportunity to earn two diplomas while gaining international exposure. Duygu spent her sophomore year studying at SIUE and will return for her senior year. "In such a competitive world, it is important to know what is going on around the globe. Companies are not satisfied with 'good' anymore; they want the best. This experience is providing me with a broad perspective of the world and a much-needed competitive edge."|