Undergraduate Research Program

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Program is to support undergraduate students currently conducting research in communicating and publishing their work. 

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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.


Why Meet with Peer Advisors?
Meet Our Peer Advisors

Winter 2024 Events (Week 8)

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!

Winter Drop-In Advising

Winter drop-in advising sessions are now virtual and in person!

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

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

Winter Student Organizations & Activities Platform (WSOAP)

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.

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 Spring quarter.

Take a look at the syllabus:

Spring 2023 ENGR 24 Syllabus

Winter 2023 Infosession Recording


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!

Quarterly Research Fair

We will now be having a URP Research Fair every quarter!

Our Winter Research Fair will take place Tuesday, February 20, 5-7 PM in the Engineering IV Lobby

This event will be a great opportunity to network with engineering research labs interested in recruiting undergraduates just like you! Attending labs will each have a booth to talk with students about their research and how you can get involved. We have limited student sign-up slots available due to venue constraints, so RSVP ASAP if you are interested!

If you have any questions please email urp@seas.ucla.edu!

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

Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2024

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 an 8-week or 10-week program and runs from June 24 to August 30 for Summer 2024.

Visit this website for more information about the program.

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.

Undergraduate Advising

Drop-In Peer Advising

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

You can also drop in to our advising room on Zoom 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

Engineering Faculty Advising