Undergraduate Research and Innovation (URI) Program

URI programs give students a chance to flourish in various ways. Students learn how to do research, but also how to pick projects that will improve a societal problem and enhance the quality of life for a community of people. These programs are designed to help students develop the vision to contend with global challenges.

To teach students to think like that, a program must be inter-disciplinary, and URI programs do that by inviting students from all majors, such as design, engineering, business, humanities or science. The students form teams and pool their talents.  These days, in both industry and academia, projects are done by teams. URI students divide into teams who are mentored by both NJIT professor and industry advisers. Working together, the teams try to find solutions to societal problems and to develop technologies to ameliorate those problems. 

Higher education experts agree that the best experience an undergraduate can have is research.  For it is research that allows student to apply the theory they learned in their classes and use their hands and minds to design, build, invent and engineer devices and processes that improve society.

The 2021 NJIT Undergraduate Summer Research and Innovation Symposium integrated with the Innovation Day was held on July 29-30, 2021. The symposium featured the distinguished keynote talk from Daniel Henderson followed by the URI External Advisory Board (EAB) panel with a tribute to Dr. James F. Stevenson, recognizing his great contributions and support to the IDS, TechQuest Innovation, and URI programs. One hundred and thirty-four (134) undergraduate students presented 108 projects with their summer research work before the in-person and virtual audience including URI External Advisory Board, faculty and students.

The symposium also featured the inauguration of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Chapter at NJIT on July 30 from 11.00 AM - 12.30 PM with live streaming on the YouTube. Thirty-two (32) faculty members were inducted as the inventor member to the NAI. In addition, 9 administrators and technology innovation supporters will be inducted as honorary members. The inaugural ceremony featured the keynote talk by Ms. Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and a member of the NAI Board of Directors. The video recording of the NAI Chapter at NJIT Inauguration and Induction Ceremony is available on the YouTube.

The URI External Advisory Board judged all 108 excellent presentations and selected three top project presentations for Dr. James F. Stevenson Innovation Awards Prizes and 5 Honorable Mentions, one from each of the five research cluster areas: Bioscience and Bioengineering, Data Science and Management, Environment and Sustainability, Material Science and Engineering, and Robotics and Machine Intelligence and Architecture and Design.

WATCH: Video Recordings of 2021 NJIT Undergraduate Summer Research and Innovation Symposium for July 29 and July 30, 2021
Sessions and Keynote Presentation by Daniel Henderson along with the Book of Project Abstracts