Undergraduate Research Program

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


We invite engineering students to apply to be a part of this program’s 2018-2019 cohort. As a part of this program, students will be recognized for their research, master various skills, including deciphering journal articles and presenting research posters, and receive advising for securing paid summer research and internship positions. For more information, read the URP program description.

Want to find out more?

RSVP for an upcoming info-session! All sessions will be hosted in the Shannon Room (54-134 E-IV).

  • Wednesday, April 25 5 – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 1 5 – 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 10 5 – 6:30 PM
  • Monday, May 14 5 – 6:30 PM

RSVP for the info-sessions here: https://tinyurl.com/yblzd6f3

Interested in applying? The 2018 – 2019 URP application will be live soon.

Application deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018 5 PM.


Academic Year Programs vs. Summer Programs


Academic Year Programs


Independent Research and Group Research

UCLA Engineering undergraduates can earn upper division course credit for research under the supervision of engineering faculty, either as are part of research group (194); or in supervised individual research or investigation of selected topic under guidance of faculty mentor (199).


Summer Programs


Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program (SUSP) is an umbrella organization that administers and scaffolds summer undergraduate research opportunities within UCLA Engineering.

On-Campus Programs Outside of HSSEAS



The Nanosystems Chemistry and Engineering Research (NanoCER) program is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Undergraduates interested in chemistry and engineering will learn how to be scientists and engineers by participating in teams that develop new materials, devices and applications of nanotechnology.



The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research.


UCLA Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars program is a national program to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing a career in science or engineering.

Find out what research is happening in engineering!

Contact Information

Located in the Engineering Student Resource Center in 6288 Boelter.

Drop-in hours: Thursdays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Students are encouraged to make appointments to minimize wait time.

For any questions, please contact URP Director, William Herrera at williamh@seas.ucla.edu.