Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in conjunction with the Engineering Science Corps Outreach Programs offers opportunities for elite undergraduate engineering students to gain valuable academic research experience.  Our program is designed for students who are interested in understanding the impact of engineering reearch and learning more about the graduate school experience. The Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program (SUSP) is an umbrella organization that administers summer undergraduate research opportunities within UCLA Engineering.  We currently coordinate two programs, including the:

UCLA Electrical Engineering Fast Track to Success Summer Scholars Program
Transfer Student Summer Research Program
UCLA Wireless Health Institute Scholars Program

 Selected scholars will be paired with a UCLA Engineering faculty based on project needs, skills, and interest.  Interns will be invited to work on a project that contributes to the momentum of their assigned lab.

Program Components

Academic Research

 

Scholars can expect to work independently or on small teams, along-side other undergraduate and graduate students, in a UCLA Engineering faculty’s lab.  Each intern will be provided a research mentor who will help to identify a research topic or question that can be accomplished in the short 8 weeks.  Participants should use this opportunity to challenge themselves to contribute new knowledge to the academic community.

Professional Development Workshops

 

Scholars will have an opportunity to participate in workshops designed to aid in their educational and professional pathways.  Examples include:

∗ Getting acclimated to research  ∗ Effective presentation & communication skills ∗ Engineering Design Process

∗ Pathways to graduate school ∗ Statement of purpose workshop ∗ Preparing an academic research poster workshop

Faculty Talks

 

Participants will have an opportunity to hear from UCLA Engineering faculty about research conducted at our world-renown institution.  Scholars are invited to ask questions and network with our speakers.

 

Tech Talks

 

Scholars will have an opportunity to hear prentations from our industry partners.  Past Tech Talk series have included presentations from Disney’s Imagineering, Two Bit Circus, Broadcom, and Northrop Grumman.

 

Weekly Progress Reports

 

Scholars will hone their presentation skills and prepare for fielding questions at the Final Poster Symposium by presenting a bi-monthly progress report on their research.  Participants will generate a slide set and present to the mentors and other interns on their progress and next steps.  A short question and answer session following the presentation should generate dialog about the project.

Final Poster Symposium

 

All participants are expected to present the final results of the work at the Final Poster Symposium.  Scholars are encouraged to demonstrate prototypes and/or systems.  Scholars, mentors, family, and friends are encouraged to attend.  RSVP required.

 

Journal

 

Each Scholar will have their work submitted and published in our annual Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program journal.

 

Benefits of participating

Conduct research in a cutting-edge field at a world-renown research institution. Mentoring from an UCLA Engineering faculty member. Learn how you can impact your community as an engineer. Interact with a national community of peers. Discover pathways to graduate school. Gain a competitive advantage on your peers. Engage the ultimate academic challenge. Have fun!

Program Details

Program dates
Program start – Monday, June 25, 2017 (move-in for on-campus residents is on Saturday, June 24)
Program end – Friday, August 17, 2017 (move-out is on Thursday, August 17)
*Please check program websites for specific details.

Participating Programs The Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program currently coordinates three programs, including the UCLA Electrical Engineering Fast Track to Success Summer Scholars Program, Transfer Student Summer Research Program, and the Wireless Health Scholars Program.  Please visit the websites for each program to learn more about the research focus, eligibility, application process and deadlines.

 Application Deadlines

 

 

UCLA Electrical Engineering Fast Track to Success Summer Scholars Program May 1, 2017 (internal applicants only)

Transfer Student Summer Research Program Deadline extended – Application still open (please visit website for eligbility and application information)

Wireless Health Institute Scholars Program Deadline extended – Application still Open (please visit website for eligibility and application information)

Past Research

Abstract list – 2013 Wireless Health Institute Scholars Program
Abstract list – 2014 Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program
Abstract list – 2015 Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program
Abstract list – 2016 Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program