Program Components

University Honors Program 

Engineering students moving into the Freshman Learning CommunityThe University Honors Program (UHP) is the oldest and largest honors program at UNC Charlotte and the only honors program housed within the Honors College. We are an interdisciplinary, multi-year program that welcomes students from any major. The program is focused on  scholarship, community engagement and service, development of leadership skills, and personal development. Our members become part of a unique community of students and faculty who enjoy asking questions, debating ideas, and investigating solutions.

Engineering Leadership Academy

The Engineering Leadership Academy was implemented in the fall of 2002 to develop the leadership potential of undergraduate engineering students. It is an extracurricular program that achieves its objectives through a series of experiential learning modules, which participants complete over a two-year period. Top industry executives, faculty, and alumni facilitate activities and mentor participants to provide a real world perspective on leadership and the engineering workplace. .

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (SREU)

Faculty work with undergraduate engineering research studentsEach of the academic departments within the Lee College of Engineering has opportunities for undergraduates to apply to work directly with a faculty member on a summer research project within the department. These students have the opportunity to work in research laboratories and have focused attention and oversight from a faculty member and interaction with graduate level students.

SREU assignments last 8 to 10 weeks in duration and include funding to support student research activities, faculty mentor stipend, and a weekly stipend for related expenses. Albert Scholars that elect to use their professional development stipend for this program will spend time with a faculty member to develop a summer research project, outlining goals, and then participating in a final project presentation to a panel of faculty members.

Additionally, the Charlotte Research Scholars Program is a summer research program for high-achieving students to gain research experience and professional development in their field of interest. The CRS will provide funding to more than 50 UNC Charlotte rising seniors to participate in a 10-week program. Scholars receive one-on-one, faculty-guided research training, and also participate in weekly professional development sessions to better prepare them for graduate school and a future research career.

Summer Internship

Students will receive tailored assistance in applying for internships with engineering companies, both domestically and internationally. Up to $6,000 will be provided for living expenses. 

Senior Design

Engineering student demonstrating design project at the annual EXPO

The Senior Design program brings together students and industrial partners in a collaborative research environment. Students work on multi-disciplinary teams to tackle engineering problems. The experience simulates the real world as students manage budgets, deadlines, and conflicting restraints as the students attempt to provide a solution that meets the needs of the industry supporter. Albert Scholars have the option of earning Engineering Honors in Senior Design.

Engineering students who participate in Senior Design profit from:

  • practical real-world experience,
  • the opportunity to learn design philosophies,
  • the development of team problem-solving skills,
  • experience budgeting time and finances,
  • the performance of project management skills,
  • the chance to meet and work with potential employers.