To find out about the array of undergraduate research possibilities and how to proceed, please contact your departmental adviser, your faculty adviser, your professors, or use any of the following links. And as you begin to read through lists and talk with professors and staff members, think not only of your major field but of other areas as well. Since most UCSB researchers work in several fields at once, you’ll easily find meaningful research to match your interests.

College of Letters and Science

The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities office offers workshops, peer mentors, and even small grants to support your research.

Contact Information



College of Engineering

The Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) CSEP offers a range of programs from a two-week summer introduction to research for incoming freshmen, to early research exposure for lower and upper division students.

Ofi Aguirre, Director, Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships


One of the top materials research facilities in the world, the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) offers a variety of undergraduate research opportunities.

Dotti Pak, Director, Education Programs


The Office of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Engineering provides academic advising and support services for engineering students.

College of Engineering Academic Advisors
Phone: (805) 893-2809


College of Creative Studies

The College of Creative Studies is small college for self-directed students within a world class research university, providing a rigorous, accelerated program facilitating original undergraduate work in 9 majors.

Timothy Sherwood, Interim Dean

Heidi Dinnogen, Student Affairs Officer



Office of Research

The Office of Research is responsible for this website, the Undergraduate Research brochure, and general information related to research. We can help identify the right people to contact to get started in undergraduate research.

Kelly Pillsbury, Strategic Research Initiatives Analyst


Organized Research Programs

Various departments and centers on campus offer organized research programs during the summer and academic year. A list with contact information and requirements is available here.