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 Activites office offers workshops, peer mentors, and even small grants to support your research.
Jacob LaViolet, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
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.
Tacy Costanzo, Student Affairs Liaison
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 8 majors.
Kathy Foltz, Interim Dean
Sara Sterphone, Senior 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, Research Development & Funding Opportunities Specialist
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.