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Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering (MIT)

Students in electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have set up voluntary reading groups to discuss scholarly technical papers in their fields.  Read about the URGE (Undergraduate Reading Groups in Engineering) program here, and look at their wiki here.  Initiated by electrical engineering/computer science senior Cathy Wu, these groups meet five times a semester to discuss papers relevant to their interests. Benefits include developing an undergraduate research community, learning how to read (and understand) a technical paper, and getting a sense of the literature in one’s chosen field.  The program began in Fall 2011, and continues this spring.  This is a very impressive program that hopefully students at other universities will consider emulating.


About Ed Eckel

I am a engineering and applied sciences librarian at Western Michigan University.


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