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Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE)

Enhance your curriculum

The Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE) is designed to enhance your engineering and technical graduate curriculum by providing hands-on lab experience, faculty mentorship and independent and thesis-based research. The MORE program operates during the summer, fall and spring semesters.

Students in MORE develop an idea under the mentorship of a Fulton Schools faculty member, then apply for funding. Once accepted, they perform research, prepare research abstracts and posters and participate in the research expo.


MORE student applications for Fall 2024 are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2024

See MORE projects!

Visit the Forge Expo webpage to see the most recent MORE projects!

Filter “Presentation Type” by “MORE” to see just MORE projects.

Research funding

Students will be paid a stipend of $1,500 (*less taxes) their funded semester, which will be disbursed at the end of the semester as a stipend. The MORE position is a 5 hours/week position and students must be able to work that amount of time for an ASU on-campus job.

Upon acceptance into MORE students would complete any necessary hiring paperwork in order to receive the stipend. Students must complete all the MORE requirements and perform to the mentor’s satisfaction to receive the stipend. Participants are also eligible to apply for up to $400 in research supplies per funded semester.

Students are encouraged to work with their faculty mentor to discuss continued funding from the faculty member’s grants or other sources. Students are eligible to participate in MORE for 1 semester.

Student and faculty eligibility

Fulton Schools master’s students in good academic standing are eligible for one semester of funding, and online students are welcome to apply too. Students may apply for the program for their second semester of attendance at ASU until their last semester.

MORE is designed to provide research experiences for graduate students who do not have other research opportunities. Therefore, students who have a research assistant (RA) appointment are not eligible for MORE.

A graduate teaching assistant (TA) cannot have an appointment that exceeds 0.50 FTE (20 hours per week) in the fall and spring semesters. MORE is considered 0.125 FTE (5 hours per week) for the fall or spring semesters. Therefore, students in 0.50 FTE (20 hours per week) TA positions are NOT eligible for MORE. If you hold a graduate TA position at 0.25-0.49 FTE (10-19 hours per week) then you are eligible to participant in MORE, as long as it does not exceed a combined total of 0.50 FTE with your other position.

Faculty mentors must be faculty with appointment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. They also must not be on sabbatical, leave or extended vacation during the majority of the MORE mentoring time period. Graduate students may not serve as MORE faculty mentors.

Note: As of Summer 2021 we are unable to support projects that are planned to be conducted remotely outside of the U.S. Funded projects can be carried out remotely, so long as the student researcher is currently within the United States.

Getting started

Whether it is your own research idea, or you would like to get involved with a faculty member’s research, you will need to connect with a faculty member and then apply for the MORE program. Review the available MORE research opportunities, then contact the faculty member.

Applications for the MORE program are open for Fall 2024.

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