Undergraduate Research Program

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Undergraduate Internship Program is making an effort to provide as many services as possible online. Updates and services will be uploaded on this page and sent in our weekly email.

Important Updates

  • This quarter’s Career Fair Preparation Workshops have been cancelled due to the postponement of the Spring HIRE UCLA Fair.
  • All other workshops will be hosted virtually.
  • The course ENGR 23: Finding An Industry Internship is being held virtually and enrollment is open.
  • Updates will be sent in our weekly Undergraduate Internship Program email.


We support students who are interested in or currently doing research.

  • Percentage of 2018 graduating seniors who participated in research by graduation 40% 40%

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Program is to support undergraduate students currently conducting research in communicating and publishing their work. 


The Undergraduate Research Program is a new initiative from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to develop first-in-class research opportunities that lead to undergraduates who are well-informed about engineering career opportunities in both academic and corporate settings.

UCLA Engineering boasts some of the world’s top researchers working at the forefront of technological innovation. In collaboration with multiple UCLA schools as well as universities around the globe, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is leading initiatives that have the potential to change our world.

URP has two programs – the academic year program and the summer program. 

Program Components

URP spans the academic year and consists of several workshops and activities.

  • Technical Presentation Lab
  • Poster Workshops
  • Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day
  • Professional Development Workshops and Industry Info-Sessions
  • End of Year Awards Reception

Program Benefits

  • Master various skills, including deciphering technical journal articles and communicating research findings.
  • Advising on securing paid research or industry positions.
  • Network with industry representatives in an intimate setting.
  • Be recognized for you research and receive an official certificate signed by the Dean.
  • Qualify for $750 award for Best Poster and/or Best Presentation.



We're Hiring!

We’re hiring peer advisors!

Help your fellow Bruin engineers with their research and internship hunt!

Position Requirements:

  • Must have completed either an industry internship OR research
  • Must be familiar with UCLA Engineering resources, services, and departments
  • Must have a desire to share experience and resources with other undergraduate students
  • Must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently
  • Must be able to commit at least 8-12 hours/week

Preferred Experience:

  • Completed both an industry internship and published research
  • Passed ENGR 23, 24, or 25
  • Experience with event planning
  • Knowledge of Canva, HTML, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, and iMovie
  • Ability to use DSLR
  • Experience with Excel pivot tables


  • 8-12 hours/week (Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM)
  • $15.25/hr

Check out our job description for more details:

Peer Advisor Job Description

Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Apply Now!

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an umbrella organization that administers and scaffolds summer undergraduate research opportunities within UCLA Engineering.  We currently coordinate several programs, including:

Interactive Systems (REU Site)
Functional Nanomaterials (REU Site)

Click here to find out more! The application deadline has been EXTENDED to March 27.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Workshops:

May 4th | Finding a Research Lab Workshop | 5:30-6:30 PM | RSVP HERE

May 6th | Engineering 23 and 24 Info Session Workshop | 5:30-7PM | RSVP HERE

Drop-In Advising

Drop-in advising sessions are now virtual!

To make an appointment, complete the pre-advising questionnaire.

ENGR 24: Finding an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Seminar

ENGR 24 is a new course designed to help engineering students secure their first research position!

This course is offered Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Take a look at the syllabus:

Spring 2020 ENGR 24 Syllabus

ENG 25: Communicating Academic Research Seminar

ENG 25 is a new course designed to assist undergraduate students publish their first research! 

This course is ONLY offered in Winter. 

Take a look at the syllabus:

ENGR 25 Syllabus (F19)_ Communicating Research

Publishing Research

Publishing in Undergraduate Research Program 2020 Journal

If you are interested in publishing your research in the 2020 URP Research Journal, please click the above link for further instructions!

The URP Research Journal serves as the first on-campus publication experience before you move on to other research publications, such as conference papers and professional peer-review journals. This is not a peer-review journal, and everyone within the School of Engineering is welcome to submit their research work as a first step towards higher-level research.

Undergraduate Research Program 2019 Journal

(click cover to view 2018-2019 participants and their research)

Undergraduate Research Program 2018 Journal

(click cover to view 2017-2018 participants and their research)

Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program Journal

(click cover to view Summer 2018 participants and their research)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Journal

(click cover to view Summer 2019 participants and their research)

Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day

(PDF of 2019 journal coming soon, click cover to go to Research Week website)

UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal

(click cover to go to Undergraduate Science Journal website)

Academic Year Program


There are two application windows: Fall and Spring. The fall application window is for research starting winter quarter. The spring application window is for research starting the following fall quarter. 

For more information, read the URP program description.

2018 Academic Year Awards

2018 Best Poster Award Winner

Congratulations to Yashes Srinivasan!

2018 Best Presentation Award Winner

Congratulations to Richa Ghosh!

2019 Best Poster Award Winner

Congratulations to Ashley Dickman

2019 Best Presentation Award Winner

Congratulations to Kayli Masuda! 

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)


SURP is URP’s summer session counterpart. The program encompasses all summer research that occurs at UCLA, whether it’s an REU site or independent faculty lab research. To learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program or apply, click here

Undergraduate Advising

Drop-In Peer Advising

Drop-in advising sessions are now virtual!

To make an appointment, complete the pre-advising questionnaire.

Career Advising at the Career Center

Virtual Drop-In Sessions

Visit the Career Center virtual drop-in room for resume/cover letter reviews, and job and internship questions.



Access Virtual Drop-In Sessions

Virtual One-on-One Career Advising Consultations

Schedule a full 30-minute advising session through Handshake. A full consultation is a great way to:

  • Clarify your career preferences
  • Explore career options
  • Target and optimize your job search
  • Prepare application materials
  • Investigate employment and graduate school opportunities

Weekday appointments can be booked up to three weeks in advance.

Schedule a Career Advising Consultation

Engineering Faculty Advising
Media Resources

We are now on YouTube! 

Clips of our workshops, panels, and other series will be uploaded on our YouTube channel. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable information on industry internships and jobs by watching short clips! 

Click this link to check out our YouTube channel!

Follow our Facebook account for updates about future events and opportunities!