Research at UMTRI

Many students are involved in our research at UMTRI, including both undergraduate and graduate students. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions, based on student category.

Undergraduates

We hire many undergraduates to work as research assistants on various research projects. Many of these initially come to UMTRI through as Parker Scholars, UROP students, or work-study, but we also hire students outside of those programs when we need help and have good candidates. We typically have up to 20 undergrads working in the Biosciences Group each summer, then keep a smaller number of these on through the next school year. We hire for summer starting in January, so please email your resume if you think you might be interested in a summer research internship at UMTRI. Note that we rarely hire students who are not currently enrolled at Michigan.

Graduate Students

We support only a few graduate students in the Biosciences Group at one time. Over the past decade, all have been conducting research in crash safety. If you are interested in working with us as a graduate student, you must first be accepted into the College of Engineering.

Research in the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory

I work with both undergraduate and graduate (primarily Ph.D.) students in the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory in Industrial and Operations Engineering. The graduate students conduct research on ergonomics and human modeling; the undergraduates help the graduate students. If you are interested in working in the HUMOSIM Lab as a graduate student, you must first be admitted to the U-M College of Engineering and have identified an engineering faculty member to serve as your primary advisor.

Most of our graduate students are enrolled in either the Industrial and Operations Engineering or Biomedical Engineering departments. Both departments' websites have good information for prospective students.

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