Crus Scholar Program Research Project Invitation

The Crus Scholar program was designed to help students enhance their future career opportunities by gaining experience in developing a relevant research project with guidance from a faculty mentor from within Metallurgical Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Topics of high interest currently include development of recycling processes, processes for minimizing waste, and biomedical devices.

Cohort 2 Application Window:

March 1 - March 30

12-Week Research Project Term: Mid-May to Mid-August

Who is eligible to apply?

  • U of U undergraduates seeking a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering or materials science
  • Salt Lake Community College students working toward an Associate of Pre-engineering degree

Why apply?

Each Cohort 2 Crus Scholar (as many as two) will have a rare opportunity to work on their own research project with guidance from a mentor—a U of U professor who shares an interest in the research topic—in addition to being paid for time spent conducting the project. Current rate of compensation: $16.50 per hour.

How much time is required?

Crus Scholars should expect to spend no fewer than 20 hours per week over a 12-week period ($3690) but no more than 40 hours a week (up to $7920) on their project.
Note: Crus Scholar research projects typically are conducted at the Roger & Dawn Crus Center for Metallurgy Student Research at the William Browning Building, 135 South 1460 East. Some work may be done off-campus if appropriate resources are available and the Crus Scholar’s mentor approves.

How to apply?

Identify a mentor whose interest in a research topic aligns with yours, then submit (1) an original proposal (not written by someone else) for the research project, and (2) a summary of relevant personal information, including work experience (if any) and your education and career goals. Please limit the proposal to no more than two pages—three if graphics are included—and limit the personal summary to no more than one page. Additional application information can be found in the FAQ below.
For a list of current topics of interest to mentors, assistance in enlisting a mentor, homing in on a specific research project to propose (if you don’t already have one), and guidelines for structuring the proposal, contact:

Prof. Swomitra "Bobby" Mohanty

Crus Center Director

Prof. Aimee Beardsall