Undergraduate Research Program
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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 Samueli 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 8 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 your research and receive an official certificate signed by the Dean.
  • Qualify for a $750 award for Best Poster and/or Best Presentation.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Quarterly Research Fair

The Fall 2024 Research Fair will take place Tuesday, November 21, 5-7 PM in the Mong Lobby, Patio, and Cohen Room. Make sure to save the date!

Research Opportunities

Math REU – Opportunities for Engineers
Apply and find more information here
This REU is an 8 week summer program in the Applied Mathematics group at UCLA. Students will have the opportunity to join an active research group with projects in machine learning, fluid dynamics, and quantum sensing. Throughout the summer, the REU program will be augmented by faculty-run informational sessions on research, careers in mathematics, and preparing for graduate school. All engineering majors are encouraged to apply.

Eagle Lab ROV Engineering Team
Looking for undergraduate research and an opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge oceanic research? Consider applying to our ROV (remotely operated vehicle) engineering team! For the past two years, we’ve developed and tested our ocean-going robotic research platform and are now looking to expand our team: follow this link to access our application and contact info – feel free to ask any questions you may have! Engineering and related majors preferred, or anybody with engineering experience

Join SMART Space Weather Project
Surface Magnetic Assessment in Real Time (SMART) is a National Science Foundation-sponsored science and engineering project that builds and operates a network of ground-based magnetometers in the United States for space weather observations. The project team includes groups for hardware, software, observatory operation, space weather science, big data, and education, continuing the legacy of UCLA as a national leader in related areas.

SMART is looking for additional undergraduate students to join the teamwork during Winter and Spring 2024 for a special observation campaign of the upcoming total solar eclipse in the continental US. Preferred skills include PCB design, manufacturing, debugging/testing, power management and analysis, MQTT, JavaScript, Node.js, React, CSS, HTML, SQL, Python, MATLAB, and data analysis. We encourage interested students to send a resume and the current UCLA transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) to Dr. Peter Chi, Department of Earth Planetary and Space Sciences (pchi@igpp.ucla.edu). 

HHMI & NSF Undergraduate Research experience
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) & National Science Foundation (NSF) Undergraduate Research Experience is designed to give undergraduates a chance to conduct high-impact research, develop both academically and professionally working with PhD students and post-docs in the labs, and present their work through academic journals and conference presentations. Professors Aydogan Ozcan (Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering depts) and Dino Di Carlo (Bioengineering) develop cutting-edge platforms for various global health applications, including deep learning microscopy, rapid diagnosis of disease through microfluidics, air and water quality monitoring through holography. Their many interdisciplinary projects are not only at the forefront of academic research but have also produced technologies currently on the market.
The program is looking for dozens of students (all years and majors) with experience in any of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, machine learning, microfluidics, optics, image processing, app development, CAD, and more! Students will conduct research throughout the 2023-2024 academic year (while earning 194/199 credit), culminating in the spring quarter with an event where they will present their projects to a general audience, ranging from local high school students to UCLA professors.

You can upload your resume/CV directly through the questionnaire or using the online application. If you have any questions or experience an issue with the online application, feel free to email hhmiucla@gmail.com

Join the URC Sciences Mailing List
Join the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences mailing list to be notified of scholarships, programs, events, and other resources! We send out monthly newsletters and additional reminders for upcoming research-related opportunities.
Sign up here.

Interested in research?

Want to get involved in a research lab?

Come to our quarterly research fair!

This is an opportunity for students to network with participating labs from UCLA.

All majors are welcome!

Check out the flyer on this page for more details!

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 Resouces

Wondering How to Get into a Research Lab?

Looking to find a research lab and don’t know where to start? Our experienced Peer Advisors have crafted a guide to help you out. Click here to embark on your lab search!

Check out our YouTube! We have informational videos that will optimize your chances of getting into a research lab.

Learn How to Read a Journal Article

Learn How to Tailor your CV Resume for a Research Position

Learn How to Maximize your Research Fair Experience

Winter Student Organizations & Activities

WINTER 2024 SITE IS LIVE!! Click here to explore engineering orgs at UCLA.

This platform seeks to connect students, particularly first years and transfers, to engineering organizations. Check out the general Winter opportunities and specific Transfer opportunities to get involved! More information can be found here.

Career Center Advising
Drop-in Advising
(Virtual and In-person)

Visit the Career Center virtual drop-in room or come the Career Center in-person located at the Strathmore Building, 2nd floor. You will be able to get help with resume/cover letter reviews and job and internship questions.



Access Virtual Drop-In Sessions

Finding a Lab

Explore these resources to find a lab that’s a good fit for you:

Getting Course Credit for Research

ENGR 24: Finding an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Seminar

ENGR 24 is a new course offered during Spring quarter designed to help engineering students secure their first research position! Take a look at the syllabus (S23) and infosession (W23) to learn more.

Additional Courses:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Currently looking for research, or already in a lab? The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an umbrella program that scaffolds summer undergraduate research opportunities at UCLA Samueli Engineering, including Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). SURP is a 10-week program and runs from June 24 to August 30 for Summer 2024.

If you are new to research and/or are interested in doing full time, in person, paid summer research, SURP could be a great fit for you! If you are interested in participating in the UCLA Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), schedule a peer advising session with Solia or Ananya this quarter!

Visit this website for more information about the program.

Summer Research Opportunities

Contact Us

Drop by Boelter 6288 during our hours 9am-5pm to talk to one of our peer advisors about getting into research or feel free to contact us anytime at urp@seas.ucla.edu