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José Silva Rodriquez

Year in School:  Senior
Major/Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Paul Rulis, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
Ask José a question.

Why is undergraduate research important to you?

Undergraduate research is important to me for the simple fact that I see a good opportunity for me to start on a project that I can put my name on, something that I can show to potential schools and employers. I feel that this is a great way to start a new way of applying yourself and begin a career as an individual who shows initiative and dedication.

How did you find your mentor?
I was introduced to my mentor out of coincidence. I was looking for something to do for the summer, and my name was tossed around in a conversation. Before I knew it I had the opportunity I was looking for to spend my time effectively this summer. I had an internship lined up but decided to take research instead for the simple fact that I felt more connection to it. I was going to be doing marketing over the summer, and I wanted to continue my career as an engineer. What better way to put my name out there then with research and showing results on an independent project.

How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
I settled on my project knowing I wanted to work with components that are able to solve a simple task that is able to be applied in multiple ways. Movement is an important thing, and with my research I can apply it in many shapes and forms that it has capabilities of being utilized in any way we can imagine.

What have you gained from the experience?
I have definitely gained the feeling of independence. I have the hunger to apply myself, and with this research I have been able to find something to do with my time rather than keep playing League of Legends. I was tired of just playing with trolls all day. Now I just work on myself and understanding of components. I want to invest in myself and make sure that investment pays out. I have also gained the ability to view my goals in a realistic time frame. Where I want to be in a couple of weeks, months, a year. Realistically I don't see this project lasting longer than 2-3 semesters because I want to show a product that can be used for consumer purposes or a tool for other independent research.


Dr. Jane Greer
106 Cockefair Hall
Department Contacts
Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Undergraduate Research is a division of Academic Affairs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1st Floor Lobby of Miller Nichols Learning Center
5th Annual SUROP Poster Symposium
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for SEARCH Applications
Please note the SEARCH Application is online. Students should plan to submit early so that faculty mentors and department chairs have time to provide recommendations letters and necessary signatures.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.


Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Nominations for Undergraduate Research Day @ the Capitol.
Faculty mentors are encouraged to nominate outstanding undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists to share their work with state legislators and other stakeholders in Jefferson City in spring, 2019.
Contact Jane Greer for more details.

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