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MS&E welcomes undergraduates to participate in our research program!

Applications for the Autumn quarter are now open!

MS&E has an active community of researchers working on everything from policy and technology to entrepreneurship and more! As an undergraduate, you can join the research community through the MS&E Undergraduate Diversity in Research Program organized by the MS&E DE&I Committee.

The goal of this program is to support and encourage diverse voices to explore the research space and become a part of the MS&E academic community. Diversity is a fundamental value of the MS&E department. We want our research community to include and be supportive of perspectives from backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and national origin. Everyone is welcome to apply; we especially encourage students who identify with underrepresented communities in academia to submit an application. There is no GPA and/or course requirements for this program. Above all, we value commitment and enthusiasm.

Through this program, undergraduate students will participate in a quarter-long research project during the spring under the mentorship of an MS&E faculty mentor, with the opportunity to extend their research project into summer and/or fall. Throughout the quarter you will work on cutting-edge research, receive close mentorship from faculty and graduate students, become part of a close-knit cohort of undergraduate researchers, and get to present your work at the end of the quarter.

Time commitment

You will be expected to work approximately 10 hours per week for at least one quarter. During your 10 hours of weekly research you will:

  • Meet with your faculty mentor to discuss project progress
  • Work on weekly deliverables for your project
  • Meet with your undergraduate research cohort to get to know each other


You will receive either credit hours (up to 3 units) or monetary compensation ($16/hr) for your work.


For more information, please contact Jackie Nguyen ( or Irene Lo (