Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do students become a member of MAVRIC?

Answer: Typically, students normally do an independent research study for credit with one of the faculty members of MAVRIC. Then, based on their performance, continue interest and available funding they either: do not get invited back, continue as an independent study or get a pay internship.

The first step would be to send a copy of your vita and setup a meeting to discuss your interest and expectations.

Question: Does MAVRIC provide student funding?

Answer: Yes, funding is sometimes available! This depends on matching the student to a particular grant/research project. However, we attempt to fund current MAVRIC students who have performed well and/or students that hold a set of required skills for a particular project. For example, we are currently looking for students with experience in unity programming language.

The first step would be to send a copy of your vita and setup a meeting to discuss your interest and expectations.

Question: Does MAVRIC only accept graduate students?

Answer: No, undergraduate students are also welcome to join MAVRIC.


Question: Does MAVRIC only accept students in engineering or information?

Answer: No, MAVRIC is a multidisciplinary group and we are open to all majors. In addition, to engineering and information students we have also had students from the Design Science program and the Ross Business School.


Question: How can Phd students join MAVRIC?

Answer: There are several ways to become a student member of MAVRIC as a PhD student.


1) PhD applicants can directly apply to work with a faculty member.

School of Information to work with Lionel Robert (see info here).

Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering to work with Jessie Yang (see info here).

Department of Mechanical Engineering to work with Dawn Tilbury (see info here).


2) PhD applicants can apply to work with one or more faculty members through the Robotics PhD Program.

Robotics Institute to work with Lionel Robert, Jessie Yang and/or Dawn Tilbury (see info here)


Students have come from all around the world and have various educational backgrounds depending on the PhD program one is interested in pursuing.