Program Schedule


Launch Components


May 26-31


Workshop: “What is Research?”

Project, Social Space

  • Pre-LAUNCH survey
  • Orientation checklist

June 2-7

Workshop: “How to do a Literature Review”

Project, Seminar, Social Space

June 9-14

Workshop: “How to do a Literature Synthesis”

Lab Tour: Virtual Reality Applications Center

Project, Seminar, Social Space

June 16-21

Workshop: “Hypothesis-driven Research”

Field Trip: Center for Nondestructive Evaluation  

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Paragraph on chosen research topic

June 23-28

Workshop: “Writing a Technical Research Paper I”

Lab Tour: Flight simulators

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Research paper introduction, literature review, method sections

June 30-July 5

Workshop: “Oral Slide Development and Research”

Field Trip: Rockwell Collins

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Two-minute oral presentation

July 7-12

Workshop: “Graduate School Preparation, Application and Funding”

Lab Tour: ISU Icing Research Tunnel

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Resume
  • Graduate student and faculty interviews

July 14-19

Workshop: “Poster Development and Presentation”

Field Trip: Ames Laboratory  

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Poster presentation*

July 21-26

Workshop: “Writing a Technical Research Paper II”

Lab Tour: ISU Tornado Simulator

Project, Seminar, Social Space

  • Draft research paper

July 28-Aug 2

Workshop: “Engineering Leadership and Teamwork Skills”

Project, Social Space

  • Final research paper**
  • Poster research presentation Post-LAUNCH survey

Notes: *Students will be asked to present at the ISU Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates poster session; **If students are unable to complete the final research paper by the end of the tenth week, they will be given an additional two weeks to complete it.


Application Due:

February 15, 2019

Program Dates:

May 26-Aug 2, 2019