Benefits of Research for Students Exploring Grad School

Experience with research projects in engineering and aviation can make all the difference for students exploring graduate school


Research experience might not be what a student thinks is most important when selecting an undergraduate engineering program or an aviation college, but Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology knows this can make all the difference in getting students into/prepared for graduate schools across all academic areas.

Here are a few ways students from SLU’s Parks College are better prepared for graduate school because of the research experience they’ve gained in aviation and engineering.

Experience Applying Classroom Engineering and Aviation Concepts

When students get the opportunity to work closely with engineering or aviation professors, they get to actively apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to industry-advancing research projects. Not only does this help students master basic concepts essential in an aviation or undergraduate engineering program, but also helps them to see the knowledge they have learned in lectures or textbooks in action.

Have a Grad School Application That Really Stands Out

A student graduating with an undergraduate degree in aviation or engineering where they have gathered significant research experience is sure to impress the graduate school of their choice (since a master’s degree often consists of more research-based projects.) By already having some of that experience on your resume, graduate schools will know you are ready to hit the ground running once enrolled in their program.

Build Close Relationships with Others in the Academic World

At Parks College, all enrolled students benefit from having small class sizes in aviation and engineering, but students involved in research get even more one-on-one time with professors and other leaders in the industry. For example, some research that Parks faculty and students participate in is externally funded. These industry- or federally-funded projects allow you, as a student, to stay on the cutting edge of developments in the industry and keep you ahead of the curve for experiences going into graduate school.