We are always looking to connect with potential project sponsors with innovative and challenging ideas! We generally solicit projects in the spring, work with the sponsors throughout the summer to refine a project’s scope and inputs, and then present the projects for selection by student teams at the start of the academic year, in September. But don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a potential idea – the sooner we start talking, the better. Some recommendations for a compatible project are:
- The project inputs are clear: data, equipment, code, documentation and any other inputs are ready to go so students can hit the ground running.
- The focus is on innovation rather than cost reduction or product development: cost reduction and product development both require long and detailed study, which is not well suited to short-cycle student projects.
- You would like the project to answer a finite number of well-defined questions: diffuse, open-ended, or exploratory projects can be difficult to pin down; we love research projects, but we need to identify clear questions and objectives first.
Below is a brochure summarizing key points of sponsoring a project, including questions of intellectual property ownership, cost, and timelines.
Please contact the Lab Director, Dylan Gunn, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.