College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Opportunities
There are many research opportunities for undergraduate students, including those through educational programs, undergraduate courses, and connections with faculty in your department.
The Materials Research Laboratory offers opportunities for summer and school-year research internships both at UCSB and at our international partner institutes.
Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) offers several programs designed to enrich the academic experience of undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. These programs range from a two-week summer introduction to research for incoming freshmen, to early research exposure for lower and upper division students, including an international research exchange. CSEP provides opportunities for students to develop research projects under the mentorship of UCSB faculty and graduate student researchers. Programs include:
Follow some of our interns through their research journeys on the UCSB undergraduate research blog: https://undergrad.research.ucsb.edu/blog/
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) operates under the College of Letters and Science, but its programs are open to all undergraduates. The mission of URCA is to promote the scholarly work of undergraduate students and to provide resources for undergraduates to pursue independent research and creative activities under the guidance of faculty mentors. Support is available under various categories. At the end of each academic year, URCA hosts an Undergraduate Research Colloquium to recognize the scholarly achievements of students and acknowledges the faculty contributions to the development of undergraduate research.
Our departments offer courses for qualified students to earn credit for doing research projects or internships in industry:
Check with your department’s undergraduate advisor for more information and enrollment criteria.
Opportunities in your Major
One of the best ways to find out about potential research projects is to contact individual faculty members in your department during office hours or by appointment. For more information about how to gain research experience as an undergraduate, visit the UCSB Undergraduate Research Office website.
Matthew Tirrell Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research
In 2009, the Tirrell Award was established in honor of former Dean Matthew Tirrell, to recognize a College of Engineering senior who has shown excellence and promise in research during his or her academic career. The award is presented to the recipient at the College’s annual Senior Send-Off.