James J. Slade Scholar program
The details of the Slade Scholar program are described at: http://www.soe.rutgers.edu/slade.
To apply for a Slade Scholar program during junior year, one needs to have a GPA of 3.2 or better and must do six credits worth of research beyond the regular graduation requirements. The research one needs to do can be taken under special problems/independent research. Also, one must maintain a GPA of 3.2 and up all through the program.
Humanities/Social Science Electives
Both the Electrical and Computer Engineering options require a total of 18 credits of humanities/social science electives. For a description and list of acceptable humanities/social science electives, please refer to the website: http://soe.rutgers.edu/oas/electives.
The course 14:332:301 Forces and Strategies That Shaped the Wireless Revolution counts as an upper-level Hum/Soc elective for SOE majors.
Separate lists of technical electives for both Electrical and Computer options can be found in the handbook.
Category: Electrical/Computer Electives
A list of both Electrical and Computer electives can be found in the handbook.
Detailed curriculum requirements can be found in the handbook.
• Can academic credits be earned for a summer internship or job?
No academic credits are given just for summer internships or jobs. One must do co-op/internship at least for six months full time, and must work on a specified technical project and not just routine maintenance.
• How can one obtain a co-op/internship position?
Every student must find his/her own position. He/she can contact the Career Services Center at Rutgers to review the listings of participating organizations/companies for possible interest. Contact the Co-Op Student Services Administrator, Career Services-Employment Center, Busch Campus Center (848) 445-6127.
In brief, there are no GPA requirements to do co-op work except that the student should not be on academic probation. Students must at least be junior. No co-op credit is given for part-time work or full-time work during summer alone. In order to earn academic credit for the co-op work, the co-op assignment must last a minimum of 6 months -- normally Summer + Fall semester or Spring semester + Summer -- of full-time employment while working on the same technical project. International students need to contact the Undergraduate Director at <ECEUndergradDirector@soe.rutgers.edu>.
Once a page description of the project and application form are submitted (preferably electronically), the undergraduate director will give a special permission number (possibly by e-mail) to register for co-op credit, At the end of at least 6 months co-op work (normally Summer + Fall semester or Spring semester + Summer), one must write a technical report. If the report is acceptable, the student will earn one tech elective for 3 credits and one electrical or computer elective for 3 credits on a pass/fail basis. The pass/fail grade is released to the registrar once the undergraduate director receives an email from the supervisor of the student at the organization where the student worked explicitly stating in the email that the student worked full time at least for six months on a technical project. The supervisor must also fill an Employer Survey form supplied by the Undergraduate Director at <ECEUndergradDirector@soe.rutgers.edu>.
• Can a student take other academic courses for credit while doing co-op/internship full time?
When a student is pursuing full-time co-op work during a regular semester, the ECE program normally allows only one academic course for 3 credits in addition to the co-op 6 credits. However, if it can be verified by an employer's letter that with flexible work hours the student still is able to work 35-40 hrs/wk while attending two regular courses for a total of 6 credits, such a request can be considered by the undergraduate director. For further details, contact the Undergraduate Director at <ECEUndergradDirector@soe.rutgers.edu>.
Special Problems/Independent Research
The possibility of taking Special Problems/Independent Research exists only if the student is not on academic probation.
Students need to discuss the area of his/her interest with a faculty member. The interests of our faculty members can be found at http://www.ece.rutgers.edu/faculty
Once the student has a viable project after consulting a faculty member, a page or so description of the project along with its technical title needs to be submitted electronically to the undergraduate director. Also, the faculty member should send the undergraduate director an e-mail stating explicitly that he/she agrees to advise the student. The undergraduate director will then provide a Special Permission number to register for special problems/independent research.
At the end of independent research, the student will write a technical report and submit it to the undergraduate director as well as the research advisor. The research advisor is responsible for assigning a grade to the completed work.
For further details, contact the Undergraduate Director at <ECEUndergradDirector@soe.rutgers.edu>.
Download the Application to take Undergraduate Special Problems (MS Word format)