Undergraduate Research Program

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. Read the program components in the box to the right.








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.

Resources and Helpful Links

Peer Advisor Drop-Ins

Monday: 10 am – 2 pm

Tuesday: 9 am – 12:30 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm

Thursday: 12:30 pm – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – 2 pm


Engineering Resource Center, Boelter 6288

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

(click link or scan QR code)

Upcoming Events: Spring 2019

Publishing Research

Publishing in Undergraduate Research Program 2019 Journal

If you are interested in publishing your research in the 2019 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 Week Poster Day

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

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)

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

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 Wednesday, 10 am – 2 pm

Tuesday, 1 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, 12:30 pm – 5 pm

Friday, 10:30 am – 2 pm

Caitlyn Anderson

Caitlyn Anderson

Peer Advisor


Research and Internships


Tuesday, 9 am – 12:30 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, 9 am – 12:30 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday, 9 am – 12:30 pm


Pardis Habibi

Pardis Habibi

UIP Clerk 3

3rd year Chemical Engineering major

Jervin Mamaid

Jervin Mamaid

Student Clerk

3rd year Global Studies major