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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

UCSD Undergraduate Research Portal

Reference the Opportunities page of this site to find out about specific types of projects and where you can learn more about them. To help narrow your search, project types are categorized by paths for exploration.

Many students organize their projects around courses in academic departments. Also available are specialized programs through the Academic Enrichment Programs—the Faculty Mentor and McNair Programs, along with the Summer Research Program.

UC San Diego is also home to a wealth of individual research units, called Organized Research Units. Consult with ORU staff or faculty to see if there are volunteer or other research opportunities available.


Ultrafast and Nanoscale Optics Group

Interested students should see research descriptions:

Contact information:


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

REU Sites in Engineering:

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Students have to opportunity to work outside of UCSD at another institution to conduct engineering research. Some instutitions provide competitive stipends and housing.

  • Contribute to an ongoing research project through collaboration with faculty members, graduate students and other undergraduate students
  • Take part in a professional development program designed to foster research and technical communication skills through training, practice and experience and to encourage pursuit of graduate studies
  • Interact with students, academics and practitioners in a number of settings, ranging from informal meetings to a professional conference

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.