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What is Undergrad Research?

re·search /ˈrēˌsərCH,rəˈsərCH/ the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers ALL undergraduate students opportunities, regardless of your field of study, major, class year, or citizenship status. These research opportunities typically involve working as a research assistant under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Why Should I do Research?

Get Paid

OUR offers students conducting faculty-mentored research stipends or college credit during the academic year and summer.

Get Experience

Research gives you hands-on experience in something you're passionate about. This is valuable because it could help you decide whether to go to grad school or get job opportunities after college.

Be a Part of a Community

Being part of an OUR program, connecting with a faculty mentor or working in a lab will make sure you a part of a world-class research community at UC San Diego.

How Do I Get Started?

Undergraduate Virtual Resources

Need help defining your research and finding examples? Check out a list of resources we think might be useful to you.

Find Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a first year, can I get involved in research?

Yes! Research is for all students in all majors and fields. There are several OUR programs that are open to first year students. 

I'm an international student, can I do research and participate in OUR programs?

Yes, you can do research and participate in OUR programs like (TRELS, UC Scholars and the Faculty Mentor Program).

The Undergraduate Research Hub

Phone: (858) 534-1774
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Student Center Building B, 1st Floor
Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0311
La Jolla, CA 92093-0311