For more information, including how to join, please contact, see our join us page, and see our presentation from the Fall 2021 Information Session. A few select previous projects are included on the project highlights page, and current projects on the research projects page.

The “Informatics Skunkworks” is a group dedicated to engaging undergraduates in science and engineering informatics research. Skunkworks participants work together in project-based research, learning critical skills in teamwork, presentation, project management, software development, and applied data science, as well as driving data-centric approaches that are transforming science and engineering. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

Key Links for Spring 2023

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Introduction to Machine Learning for Engineering Research Course

“Introduction to Machine Learning For Engineering Research” (ML4ER) is a semester long course taught in the Spring and Fall semesters to serve as an introduction for anyone interested in participating in research related to informatics for engineering, but are currently lacking some of the technical skills and background to jump directly into participation on a research project.

We’ll be starting up with Weekly meetings for the course the week of February 6th. Please email Ben Afflerbach ( or message on Slack to join!

For more information see the course page here

Research Projects for the Spring 2023 Semester

Research Projects for the Spring semester are kicking off now! For a list of active projects and to see which are still recruiting take a look at the projects page!

Projects are filling up and will mostly be getting started the week of January 30th and February 6th.

If you’re interested in participating you can either reach out the listed project mentor or Ben Afflerbach ( for more information and to get included.

Bi-Weekly Research Mentor Check-ins

Due to feedback from previous research mentors and team leads we are hosting bi-weekly mentor check-ins to help support the mentoring process throughout the semester. We hope to learn from each-other, help work through challenges, and improve the quality of our mentoring via these informal check-ins hosted via Zoom.

When: Every other Wednesday from 12:00-12:30pm starting February 1rst (calendar invite)

Where: Zoom

Informatics Technical Help-Desk and Tutorial Series

The informatics help-desk is a NSF supported service to help solve technical issues and streamline research in materials and chemistry informatics. We have experts in data science application to materials and chemistry informatics who would love to help answer any questions you have. No question is too basic and we will do our best with really hard questions. We are open to everyone!

Please see the help-desk website for details. We want to make the research experience more enjoyable by spending less time stuck on bugs and software issues and more time on the exciting parts of informatics research!