Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Excellence in Research is a life-changing experience that allows you to apply what you’ve learned in your undergraduate courses to “real life” problems that threaten our world. You will work at the cutting edge, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, with some of the best scientists in the nation. This capstone project is the culmination of your years at UCI, and for many students will determine their career direction for years to come.

~ Raju Metherate, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

Participation in the Excellence in Research Program is among the highest academic achievements for UC Irvine undergraduates.

Why Participate?

The Charlie Dunlop School of Biological Sciences believes that successful participation in creative research is one of the highest academic goals undergraduates can attain. Students enrolled in Undergraduate Research, Bio Sci 199, and who meet eligibility requirements have an opportunity to present their scientific data to the academic community at the Undergraduate Research Symposium by participating in the Excellence in Research Program.

Those who successfully complete the program are awarded the “Excellence in Researchdesignation, and their papers are published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences. Through these opportunities, our students gain a depth of understanding and appreciation for research at the highest level that cannot be obtained in any other way.

> Learn More about Excellence in Research, Access Journal of Undergraduate Research and Excellence Dashboard


Get Mentored by world class faculty and scientists.


See your research in a scientific journal.


Boost your post-graduation applications and interviews.


Get critical thinking, writing and communication skills.


Get involved and participate in a research symposium.

How to Get Started?

  Participate in Bio Sci 199 Research for at least 4 quarters
Attend the Excellence Informational Workshop offered each November
Meet all eligibility requirements

If you have questions about 199 please click the link below or e-mail biosci199@uci.edu.

> Learn More about Bio 199
Additional Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

You can also find additional undergraduate research opportunities by going to the UROP site.

Learn More: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Need More Information?

If you have questions about eligibility or the program please contact Susan Schafer or Eunice Choi-Yang.

Susan Schafer

Student Affairs Officer

UC Irvine Dunlop School Student Affairs

Eunice Choi-Yang

Student Affairs Officer

UC Irvine Dunlop School Student Affairs