Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE)

The Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain introductory, practical research experience during a short-term, mentoring experience.


Participation is limited to about 24 undergraduates, and open to all degree seeking engineering majors who have never done research. Undergraduate participants gain valuable research/work experience working with their graduate mentor on a research project for 5 hours per week and participating in a weekly seminar class meeting Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm.

Undergraduate Application Procedures:

Successful undergraduate applicants should:

  • have no prior research experience
  • attend an information session
  • be a 2nd or 3rd year degree-seeking engineering student
  • have completed, or be in the process of completing, introductory engineering, physics, chemistry and math courses
  • have at least a 2.75 UT GPA
  • have a flexible course schedule in the semester of participation
  • complete one full semester of engineering at UT Austin, if a transfer student

Additional information to consider...

Graduate Student Mentors

Graduate mentors participating in the program are able to help undergraduates learn about the research process, discuss and showcase what it's like to be in graduate school, gain valuable mentoring and teaching experience and participate in targeted career development workshops. This unique experience is a valuable experience that can be a tremendous asset to your resume. First year grad students are encouraged to wait a year before participating, since a defined and active research project is most beneficial in the program. PhD students in the final phases of their dissertation may have difficulty having well defined research to provide to the undergraduate student. The duration of the program is one semester only.

GLUE is a very selective program, targeting 2nd year undergraduate women, with the goal of increasing the number of women who pursue graduate study and academic careers in engineering. The undergraduate population that is selected are very high achieving students who are ultra motivated to have an undergraduate research experience and who have excellent GPAs. Selected undergraduate participants are notified in mid-semester since they must register for classes. Graduate and undergraduate matching information, as well as additional logistical information, is provided after toward the end of the semester.

Mentors should:

  • be willing to work with their undergraduate mentee for about 5 hours per week
  • meet weekly with their mentee to direct the research
  • include the mentee in research meetings/seminars/etc. when appropriate/available
  • introduce the mentee to other graduate students and their faculty mentor
  • have an organized, defined research topic to give to the mentee to work on during the semester; this can be a small part of your research or a replication of some work already completed
  • assist the mentee with the development of their research poster and presentations
  • be supportive of WEP's mission to encourage more women to enter an academic career



WEPAN Honors WEP GLUE Program

WEPAN honors GLUE program with the 2011 Women in Engineering Initiative Award! 

This award recognizes an outstanding project or initiative that serves as a model initiative for other WIE programs in areas such as outreach, recruitment, and retention of girls and women in engineering and provides an opportunity offering guidance and development to students and/or faculty seeking engineering and science as a career or profession.

"I wanted to participate in GLUE to find out whether I enjoyed doing research and to discover if I wanted to go to grad school."

"My mentor was with me every time I was in the lab. She was very patient with showing me new skills and answering my questions."

"My GLUE mentor opened my eyes to a whole new world. I learned about graduate school and the possibilities of graduate research."

"I now have a better idea of what I would be doing, which helps me figure out what fields I would be interested in."


Contact the Women in Engineering Program at or at 512-471-5650 for more information.