UCLA is a world-class research institution. There are many opportunities for engineering undergraduates to experience the research process under the supervision of faculty who are at the leading edge of technological innovation. Some resources are below.
Undergraduate Student Research
UCLA’s Student Research Program (SRP) assists undergraduates in obtaining research skills, in defining academic interests and objectives, and in becoming part of the larger university research community. SRP is designed as an entry-level experience, particularly suited to lower-division and first-quarter transfer students, and allows undergraduates early in their academic career to participate in research or engage in scholarly efforts under the direction of a faculty mentor.
Research Group and Supervised Individual Research
UCLA Engineering undergraduates can earn upper division course credit for research under the supervision of engineering faculty, either as are part of research group (194); or in supervised individual research or investigation of selected topic under guidance of faculty mentor (199).
The Undergraduate Research Center for Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics and the Center for Academic and Research Excellence work collaboratively to serve UCLA’s undergraduate science population.
Summer Research Programs
UCLA also offers several summer research programs of interest to engineering undergraduates. A partial list of opportunities available to undergraduates is below.
UCLA Amgen Scholars program
The Amgen Scholars program is a national program to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing a career in science or engineering.
The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research.
The Nanosystems Chemistry and Engineering Research (NanoCER) program is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Undergraduates interested in chemistry and engineering will learn how to be scientists and engineers by participating in teams that develop new materials, devices and applications of nanotechnology.