Learning Through Experience
At UMass Lowell, we engage students early in their college career to participate in meaningful, practical experiences that enrich learning; to prepare students for future work, life and world experiences.
For this purpose, Research co-operative education is a strong component of a student’s experience and offers undergraduate and graduate (masters and doctoral) students the chance to work side-by-side with leading research professors and professionals in all areas of research.
There are various types of Research and Community Co-op that offer both research lab and research with faculty (non-laboratory) opportunities. Examples include working in a campus research laboratory, helping a community organization, conducting reviews of program-related scholarship, or working on a business or marketing plan for a local start-up.
And the many benefits of co-op include facilitating the faculty-student interaction that is uniquely and richly supported at UMass Lowell, helping students learn new skills from hands-on experience that build on the knowledge acquired in the classroom, and providing an awareness of what takes place in a research lab that is working towards a product.
For our undergraduate juniors and seniors who usually round out their undergraduate experience with some of these types of opportunities, co-op helps students to explore their professional and higher education goals while making a valuable contribution in the workplace and community.
The University also has exciting Research and Community Co-op initiatives that allow undergraduate freshman and sophomore students to participate in exciting paid experiential learning opportunities working directly with outstanding faculty across the campus and academic departments.
Helpful Tools for Co-op Scholars
Below, meet a few students who are achieving their education goals with the help of co-op at UMass Lowell.
Neha Manohar '14,chemical engineering Neha held a summer internship in a chemical engineering lab the summer before her freshman year.
"My internship at the Nano/Green lab gave me a wonderfully hands-on introduction to chemical engineering that was vastly different from the equally important one I received through courses and lectures. The experience cemented my decision to become a chemical engineer by introducing me to the incredibly diverse research aspect of the field. "One of my favorite parts about last summer's internship was attending the national meeting for the American Chemical Society in Boston. I had the opportunity to present my research to real professionals in the field, attend lectures by some of the most prominent chemists in the country and grab quite a bit of free stuff and business cards from the expo!"