Undergraduate Research Week

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WEEK

UCLA ranks among the top research universities in the world, and undergraduate research and creative inquiry are key components of the UCLA experience. Undergraduate Research Week celebrates the work of students across campus who are performing research and creative inquiry in all disciplines. Whether they are in a laboratory or library, in the field or on a Zoom screen, UCLA students have excelled in their cutting-edge research even in these unprecedented times.

Undergraduate Research Week is a week-long celebration of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at UCLA. Students from all disciplines gather to share their innovative and impactful work with the UCLA community at events such as the Undergraduate Research & Creativity Showcase. Now in its eighth year, Undergraduate Research Week is UCLA’s largest undergraduate conference.

Undergraduate Research Week will be held virtually from May 24-28, 2021. The Undergraduate Research & Creativity Showcase, our premier event featuring hundreds of live student presentations, will be held on May 25.

Showcase

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVITY SHOWCASE

The Undergraduate Research & Creativity Showcase is UCLA’s premier undergraduate research event. Hundreds of students will gather here on the Undergraduate Research Week website to share their work on student-initiated and faculty-led research and creative projects in livestreamed panels on May 25, 2021 and as recorded presentations and multimedia throughout the week.

Dean’s Prize

DEAN’S PRIZE

The Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Research Award is awarded for outstanding research presentations at the Undergraduate Research & Creativity Showcase. Seniors who are conducting in life science, physical science, or engineering research are eligible to be judged by UCLA faculty members to identify students who exemplify excellence in presentation of their faculty-mentored research. Award recipients will be recognized at the Undergraduate Research Week Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 2-3:30 PM.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research Week website.

Faculty Mentor Award

FACULTY MENTOR AWARD

The Undergraduate Research Week Faculty Mentor Award honors the considerable dedication of UCLA faculty who consistently and enthusiastically serve as effective mentors to undergraduate students involved in research and creative projects. Students are encouraged to nominate any UCLA faculty member who has supported their professional development through a mutually trusting and respectful relationship. Award recipients will be recognized at the Undergraduate Research Week Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 2-3:30 PM.

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Research Week website.

Workshops

The following workshops are offered by the URC-Sciences to enhance student participation for Undergraduate Research Week. Visit the Events page to view upcoming workshops. Workshops are scheduled beginning in Winter quarter.

WRITING A STEM ABSTRACT WORKSHOP

Our Graduate Student Mentors will show you how to effectively summarize your research by writing an abstract. These workshops are designed for students conducting research in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, and will prepare attendees to submit an abstract for the Undergraduate Research Showcase and other conferences.

ABSTRACT FEEDBACK SESSIONS

Meet one-on-one with one of our Graduate Student Mentors to get personalized feedback on your abstract draft. These feedback sessions are designed for students conducting research in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, and will prepare attendees to submit an abstract for the Undergraduate Research Showcase and other conferences.

PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH WORKSHOP

Our Graduate Student Mentors will show you how to translate your research project into an accessible presentation. These workshops are designed for students conducting research in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, and will prepare attendees for presenting a virtual or prerecorded presentation at the Undergraduate Research Showcase.