Prepare yourself for the field
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
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
- 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
- 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.