Undergraduate research

From producing plays to publishing scientific findings or putting their name on a US patent, our students have unrivaled opportunities to learn by doing.

Thinking beyond the classroom

Our students collaborate with the world’s leading experts and even lead their own projects to experience the thrill (and sweat) of discovery first-hand.

Nilufar Kayhani
“The health care system is not made for people who may not speak English. I had the interest (in setting up a clinic), but no opportunities to give it a shot. But then I arrived at a school with such opportunity.”

Nilufar Kayhani
UC Berkeley

How her research launched a clinic

Bianca Ryans
“We set out to see how the Woolsey fire affected stream biodiversity. I designed the entire project. In labs, you’re given a manual. Here you make it up as you go.”

Bianca Ryans
2021 Field Fellowship
UC’s Natural Reserve system

Hear from Bianca and other fellows

Hands-on learning

of UC students participate in original research or creative projects
new inventions a year are created by UC students
1 in 3
UC students directly assist faculty in their research
Researcher working in a lab

Follow where your interests lead

Participating in undergraduate research is a great way to get a jump on your career after college – and to be a better, more prepared scholar. 

Find topics that interest you, connect with faculty, explore the opportunities and apply early! A world of opportunity awaits.

Get tips on how to take part

The journey of discovery starts here

Explore undergraduate research opportunities by campus:







San Diego

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Student researchers on the back of a truck working with a drone