Undergraduate Research Experiences

Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

Research activities in the department encompass areas of fiber, textile, apparel, and retail complex. The current annual research budget of the department is funded by industrial and governmental sources. Research activities are diverse and vary from the structure of fibers to fashion and branding to economic competitiveness of the global complex. Our graduate students play a very important role in research and many work on these projects as research assistants. Advanced undergraduates are often encouraged to participate in research and thereby gain valuable experience. A good overview of recent research activities can be found in:

The department is home to a number of research laboratories as well as the Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management

Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science

Many of our undergraduate students successfully apply for graduate school at major chemistry and engineering programs around the U.S. Many others decide that graduate research is not for them and develop careers in other directions.  Regardless of career path, we know that experience in conducting original research helps develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and teamwork.  These demonstrated skills, in turn, help students win positions at top companies, universities, and government agencies.  And they help students in deciding what career path is the best fit for them.  Hence, our department has a strong commitment to enabling our students to conduct undergraduate research.

Our faculty, staff, and graduate students enjoy working shoulder-to-shoulder with all motivated young scientists and engineers and we are proud of our diverse undergraduates who undertake original research within one of our three degree programs: Polymer & Color Chemistry, Textile Engineering, and Textile Technology.

It is perhaps the close mentoring that enables many of our students to identify their passions and talents most effectively.  A significant number of our students earn honors and awards that give them confidence to develop impactful careers and enjoy challenging interests as our cherished alumni.