Student Research and Design

SFU Engineering Science students are fully encouraged to engage in research during their time in the program. This assists students in pursuing their own interests as well as honing skills and techniques that will be invaluable in their future careers. Available research opportunities are outlined below.

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CAPSTONE PROJECTS

All undergraduate students conclude their degree with a team-based research and design project that draws together the technical skills and hands-on experience they have acquired during their studies. This practical and innovative endeavor is a highlight for many students, providing them with a rich opportunity to tackle an open-ended engineering problem of their choosing.

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Thesis

Students complete a thesis as part of their undergraduate Honours Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree requirements. This thesis is a formal report based on a research, development and/or engineering design project undertaken in an industry setting, a university laboratory or some combination of the two. When the thesis is completed, you are required to defend it.

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DIRECTED STUDIES

Directed reading and research on a topic chosen in consultation with a supervisor. Admission requires agreement by a proposed faculty supervisor and submission of a proposal to the school at least one month prior to the start of the term in which the course will be taken. Upon completion of the directed reading, the student submits a copy of the 'deliverables' to the chair of the undergraduate curriculum committee.

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SPECIAL LABS

This course is for students wishing to pursue laboratory research on specific topics outside standard course offerings. Special lab students must be sponsored by a faculty member who will oversee their project. A proposal must be submitted to the school at least one month prior to the start of the term in which the course will be taken. The unit value of the project will be assessed during this review phase and the student will be directed to register in the appropriate course. Upon completion, students must submit a copy of the 'deliverables' to the chair of the undergraduate curriculum committee.

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CONCURRENT MASTER’S PROGRAM

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program (major/honours) can be admitted concurrently to a master’s program within the same academic unit, provided they have satisfactorily completed at least 90 credits of undergraduate course work with a GPA of at least 3.67/4.33. This path allows students to undertake a greater and higher-level focus on research.

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