EECS Undergraduate Research

(photo of undergraduate researchers) Why Engage in Undergraduate Research?

How To Get Started

How To Apply

Undergraduate Research Workshop Series

Academic Year Research Programs

UC Berkeley Summer Research Programs

National Undergraduate Summer Research Programs

Why Engage in Undergraduate Research?

Research allows you to pursue your interests, to learn something new, to hone your problem-solving skills and to challenge yourself in new ways. Working on a faculty-initiated research project gives you the opportunity work closely with a mentor–a faculty member or other experienced researcher. With a self-initiated research project, you leave Berkeley with a product that represents the distillation of your interests and studies, and possibly, a real contribution to knowledge.

How to Get Started


  • Decide what research area(s) interest you. Read through our EECS Research page to see the full listing of areas, labs, centers, and projects in the Department. Visit EECS/ERL Research Summaries to see past and current research projects.
  • Take note of what classes you enjoy more than others. This may help you decide where you would like to do research. Most students begin research after completing an upper division series.
  • Browse research postings on Beehive. Familiarize yourself with the types of positions and criteria for an offer.


  • Weekly EECS colloquia showcase research presentations during the academic year on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Hewlett-Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall. These informal seminars may highlight faculty projects, and often, the faculty who are presenting are those looking for new students to assist with research.
  • Connect with graduate students by attending research meetings and poster sessions. Not only can you discover more about research projects you might like to pursue, but you can get advice on how to get involved with and contribute to a research project.
  • Check our website and the weekly EECS Undergraduate Announcements for workshops about getting involved with and succeeding in research.


You should make appointments with faculty whose work you are interested in, or stop by during their posted office hours. Bring your updated resume, summarizing your academic career to date. You can also bring a Bear Facts transcript. Explain your familiarity with the research and show enthusiasm. If at first the answer is no, try again. Many faculty are unable to accept new undergraduates in their group during a certain semester, but they may be able to the following semester. You might anticipate needing to ask twice before you receive a positive response.

Review our full publication: How to Get Started with Undergraduate Research.

How to Apply

In addition to approaching faculty directly, Berkeley students can apply for research opportunities through various web applications.


  • Beehive: clearinghouse for research positions, design projects, and other creative opportunities throughout the College of Engineering


College of Engineering

Undergraduate Research Workshop Series


Academic Year Research Programs

U.C. Berkeley Summer Research Programs

National Undergraduate Summer Research Programs

Email questions or comments to Dahlia Case (dahliacase@eecs) or Tiffany Reardon (treardon@berkeley)

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