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Two students work on game design

Research labs

Explore your options and take a deep dive into the visionary research being conducted at Baskin Engineering.

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Find opportunities

Discover resources for finding your undergraduate research opportunity.

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Find funding

There are many options to help fund your undergraduate research, including external funding, funding for UC students, and departmental and college grants.

International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM)

UCSC undergraduates taking Biomolecular Engineering (BME) 188 A & B, Synthetic Biology Mentored Research, participate in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research experience working on a project in synthetic biology. Working with one or more research faculty member(s), student teams will complete a substantial project. This includes multiple oral/written presentations, and a formal conference presentation at the annual iGEM Competition, which brings together student teams from around the world to present synthetic biology projects that aim to address 21st century societal challenges.

2022 iGEM team

Corporate Sponsored Senior Projects Program (CSSPP)

Corporate Sponsored Senior Projects Program participants

Baskin School of Engineering’s Corporate Sponsored Senior Projects Program (CSSPP) fosters deep and valuable relationships with the Silicon Valley business community through student, faculty and corporate engagement.

Dean’s Awards for research excellence

Each year, 10 notable undergraduate research projects are granted Baskin Engineering Dean’s Awards, which recognize exceptional achievement in engineering research. Each year’s projects demonstrate excellence in a range of fields, including synthetic biology, deep learning, microfluidics, and mathematical modeling.

Award recipients are determined by a committee of Baskin Engineering faculty, who take into consideration the quality, innovation, and creativity of students’ senior capstone or research projects.

Dean's Awards 2022-23 recipients

Featured research news

Squish game being played by two people

Capstone to console: UC Santa Cruz student-developed game releasing to Nintendo Switch

The soon to be released, interactive, fast-paced game Squish was developed by UCSC engineering and arts, games, & playable media students.

Four students at the Sustainable Development

UCSC students behind bus tracking app selected as only U.S. team in Google Solution Challenge’s top 10

The competition, which invites thousands of students worldwide to compete, tasks students to come up with technical solutions that contribute to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development goals.

Small Farm prize

Interdisciplinary team wins Small Farm prize in first-ever Farm Robotics Challenge

An interdisciplinary team of students and researchers created an autonomous weeder which was recently recognized with the Small Farm prize at the inaugural Farm Robotics Challenge.

Tips for finding a research opportunity

Research opportunities abound for Baskin students. Programs include the world recognized UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, home to biomedical engineers who first assembled, and recently completed, the human genome. The school’s computer game design major is ranked nationally in the top 10 undergraduate degree programs. Students are working with faculty on advances in cyber-physical systems, security, and artificial intelligence — just a few of many exciting projects. Finding a research opportunity is a process that will take time and commitment – we’re here to help.

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What are you interested in?
What are your goals?
  • What do you hope to gain from undergraduate research?
  • Do you need a position to help you get a job after you graduate? To help you get into graduate school?
  • Do you need a paid position? Do you need academic credit? (You can’t get paid and get credit for a position.)
  • Does the position require transportation?
What are your resources?