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



Program Components

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

  • Journal Club
  • 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.

How to Apply

Complete the online application and upload all of the required documents by the EARLY ADMISSIONS deadline at 5 PM on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Click here to access the 2018-2019 URP application.

For more information, read the URP program description.

Research Journals


Undergraduate Research Program 2018

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

2017-2018 Undergraduate Research Program Winners

Best Poster Award Winner

Congratulations to Yashes Srinivasan!

Best Presentation Award Winner

Congratulations to Richa Ghosh!

Find out what research is happening in engineering!

Resources on How to Find Research Opportunities

Contact Information

Located in the Engineering Student Resource Center in 6288 Boelter.

Drop-in hours: Thursdays 12:30 PM – 2:30 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.