Undergraduate Research Program

Upcoming Events: Winter 2019

Make an appointment today with one of our peer advisers by filling out our pre-advising questionnaire!

Peer Advisor Drop-Ins

Peter Wang:

Tuesday and Thursday, 4 pm – 5 pm

Friday, 12 am – 1:30 pm

Caitlyn Anderson:

Monday and Tuesday, 10 am – 12 am

Friday, 9 am – 12 am

Engineering Resource Center

Boelter 6288

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

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. Examples include:

  • Smart Water Technology
  • Wireless Health
  • High Speed Microelectronics
  • Organic displays
  • Nano-emulsions for topical delivery of proteins and cancer therapies
  • Polymer solar cells
  • CO2-based liquid fuels
  • Cybersecurity



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.

Publishing 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)

Undergraduate Research Week Poster Day

(PDF of 2018 journal coming soon, click cover to go to Research Week website)

UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal

(click cover to go to Undergraduate Science Journal website)

How to Apply for 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.

URP Calendar

View the Winter 2019 calendar here.


To learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program, click here. SUSP is URP’s summer session counterpart. 

Resources on How to Find Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Program Awards

2018 Best Poster Award Winner

Congratulations to Yashes Srinivasan!

2018 Best Presentation Award Winner

Congratulations to Richa Ghosh!

Meet the team

William Herrera

William Herrera

Director of Undergraduate Internship Program and Undergraduate Research Program

(310) 825 - 9478

Use MyUCLA Message Center to get in contact with questions and concerns.

Peter Wang

Peter Wang

Peer Advisor



Monday and Tuesday, 10 am – 12 am

Friday, 9 am – 12 am

Caitlyn Anderson

Caitlyn Anderson

Peer Advisor

Research and Internships


Monday and Tuesday, 10 am – 12 am

Friday, 9 am – 12 am

Amy Zhao

Amy Zhao

URP Clerk 2

2nd year Computer Science and Engineering major

Pardis Habibi

Pardis Habibi

UIP Clerk 3

3rd year Chemical Engineering major

Jervin Mamaid

Jervin Mamaid

UIP Clerk 4

3rd year Global Studies major