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Research and hands-on experience are at the core of our programs, whether it’s at the undergraduate or graduate level.

As an undergraduate computer science student, you will take part in the Design4Practice Program, which features courses that simulate an engineering corporate environment through research projects and the culmination of a Capstone Design project. Explore past capstone projects. 

Graduate students have a variety of research opportunities, including teaching and research assistantships and fellowships.

Scope of work

Projects are initiated in the fall semester and concluded in early May. Student teams present their work at the college’s annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium. If appropriate, the team may also deliver a prototype, design plans, or a completed product.

Get involved, sponsor a Capstone Design team

As a company, member of the community, or individual, we look to you to help propose projects. Your proposals give students a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity on problems you would like to see addressed, while fostering relationships with potential employees.

A brief description, including the knowledge and skills needed of the proposed project is due by the end of August. You will be notified if your project is chosen in September.

Projects should include opportunities for students to:

  • learn and apply new technical or interdisciplinary skills
  • analyze and make trade-offs
  • incorporate contemporary issues
  • apply project management methods

Sponsor commitment details

As a sponsor, you:

  • must be committed to providing a learning experience and be willing to communicate on a regular and timely basis with your student team
  • are asked to fund the direct costs of the project that include material and manufacturing costs, specialized software, hardware or equipment costs, and student travel expenses
  • are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to our Senior Design Foundation Fund, which is used to enhance our Design4Practice program and finance a limited number of non-commercial capstone projects (e.g. a community service projects or design competitions

If you are interested in sponsoring a capstone project, please contact Dieter.Otte@nau.edu.
Consider helping educate students by providing a challenging project.