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Undergraduate Research

As a premier research institution, the Jacobs School encourages our undergraduate students to take advantage of the abundant opportunities to get involved in research. Students can pursue their passion - from cyber security or next generation wireless and sensor networks to smart cars, nanotechnology for medicine or homeland security. With so many research options within their reach, our students are at a distinct advantage in preparing for industry jobs and highly competitive graduate programs.

Research at the Jacobs School

Our engineering students can work side by side with the faculty and graduate students of the Jacobs School. To find a faculty member in their area of interest, students can start their search by browsing the on-line Jacobs School Faculty Profile Database and a listing of our affiliated Centers and Institutes. Getting involved is as easy as knocking on a door and volunteering to help - our professors are looking forward to taking students in their labs for undergraduate research. Paid undergraduate student research assistant positions are advertised here.

Resources and Databases

  • UC San Diego Undergraduate Portal
    The entry point for all students in all disciplines who wish to explore the rewards and challenges of participating in undergraduate research. On this comprehensive website, students can search Special Studies opportunities and find research position advertisements.

Academic Credit for Research

  • 199 Courses
    By special arrangement with a faculty member, undergraduate students may enroll in a department-specific 199 independent reading/research course. Students generally earn 2-4 units for the course, and are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Programs and Scholarships

  • Calit2 Undergraduate Research Scholarships
    The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) offers $5,000 summer undergraduate research scholarships for students seeking to conduct 10 weeks of full-time undergraduate research under the guidance of Calit2-affiliated faculty members. In addition, the Institute also advertises year-round student research positions.
  • NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
    The REU Program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory for more information.
  • UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Scholarships
    The UC San Diego Financial Aid Office coordinates private, industrial and UC San Diego scholarships that enable students to engage in special studies or research projects under faculty supervision. Learn more »

Campus-wide Research Conferences

Students showcase their research projects and interact with faculty/industry at the annual UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Conference.