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Request for Student Proposals

Do you have an idea for a Senior Design project? Would you like to work on YOUR project and receive funding?

The Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program supports proposals from Engineering students. Projects should involve teams of 4-6 students who will work for two semesters (fall-spring or spring-fall) to design, build, and test a functional prototype (device or process). Students are encouraged to discuss and develop their ideas with faculty and potential corporate sponsors, such as co-op employers. Proposals that meet requirements will receive funding of up to $500 for parts and materials.

Deadlines for proposal submission are as follows:


  1. Should be “multidisciplinary” (at least 2 engineering disciplines). A diverse team provides the best learning experience but this is not mandatory. Projects that utilize students from other colleges are encouraged. (Non-engineering students must be approved by their departments).
  2. Anticipated team size should be 4-6 students. Individual team members do not need to be identified, with the exception of the person(s) writing the proposal.
  3. Must identify a faculty “champion” who is interested in the project and will help complete the proposal. The “champion” may also facilitate project execution but this is not required.
  4. Projects must be technically challenging, and anticipated workload should be consistent with two 3-credit lab courses. Your faculty “champion” can help assess scope.
  5. Should not require students to sign nondisclosure agreements. Projects that may result in the generation of intellectual property (eg. patents) are encouraged but students must share design work with faculty to meet academic requirements.

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of the above requirements, and approval will be subject to student availability by discipline and by academic term.

Our project proposal form is available on the new MSD website. To propose a project, complete the Project Readiness form to the best of your ability and email it to Elizabeth DeBartolo. Don’t worry if you can’t complete all sections – focus on the project overview and as much detail as possible. A sample completed PRP is available here. Your faculty “champion” should be able to help.

To review previous MSD projects, visit the 4th floor of Building 9 to browse posters, or click here .