Undergraduate Research Program

Welcome to Fall 2021! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Undergraduate Research Program’s events and workshops will all be held online. Updates and services will be uploaded on this page and sent in our weekly email.


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

  • Percentage of 2020 graduating seniors who participated in research by graduation 30% 30%

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.

There are 10 peer advisors between UIP and URP. Get to know this year’s team of peer advisors here!

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.


Meet the Team

The UIP/URP team has 10 peer advisors this year — learn about them here!


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Fall 2021 Events

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 in the Fall quarter.

Take a look at the syllabus:

Winter 2021 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 (W21) Communicating Research

Publishing Research

The Undergraduate Research Program hosts many talented and bright scholars.

Click this link to see the journal publications of our students! 

Are you interested in publishing your research? Please visit the application website here!

Research Opportunities

NSF funded SMART project at UCLA Undergraduate Experiment Opportunity

Join Space Weather Experiment Project “Surface Magnetic Assessment in Real Time (SMART) Network”
We are looking for undergraduate engineering students to participate in:

  • Construction of magnetic sensors for space weather observations
  • Web development for real-time data visualization

Off-campus work can start as early as January 2021. Interested students can send resume and UCLA transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable) to:
Dr. Peter Chi, Department of Earth Planetary and Space Sciences ()

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Undergraduate Advising

Drop-In Peer Advising

Fall drop-in advising sessions are open! Appointments can be requested here.

You can also drop in to our advising room on Zoom here.

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!

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 on the title. 

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