John R. Spletzer
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Research Opportunities

Thanks for the interest! I am always looking for talented, motivated people to work with. As robotics is a multidisciplinary field, students can be from a variety of backgrounds (I have graduate degrees in both mechanical engineering and computer science for example). If you're interested in doing research and my door is open, feel free to stop in. Specific opportunities for students are as follows:

Students Applying to Graduate School at Lehigh:

On your application, explicitly write that you are interested in working with me. I will review your application. Do not contact me directly unless you have already applied to the graduate program. You must first be accepted into the program before I can consider advising you.

Graduate Students at Lehigh:

I cannot offer funding to any student with whom I have not previously worked. However, if you are interested in doing research in robotics, please stop by my office to discuss. If there is mutual interest, I will arrange for a research project through an independent study. At the conclusion if there is still mutual interest, I will try to support you through either a TA or RA position.

Undergraduate Students at Lehigh:

There are real opportunities for undergrad research in the robotics lab. Each semester, I typically supervise several funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) as well as advise senior design projects. However, because of the levels of interest not everyone can be accommodated. Strong preference is given to students that I have previously worked with (e.g. in relevant classes). Contact me directly if you are interested.

Funded summer internships in the robotics laboratory are also sometimes available. Again, strong preference is given to students who've previously worked in the lab and/or completed relevant coursework.