Undergraduate Research

Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research


The University of Southern California is one of a small number of premier research institutions on which the nation depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, innovations and discovery. USC is ranked second in the nation among all universities in the size of its federally funded computer science research program, and has the largest graduate program in science, engineering and health of all research universities. Learn more about research at USC

Viterbi undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research throughout their time at USC. Benefits of undergraduate research involvement includes: 

  • Practical application of classroom knowledge
  • Enhanced problem-solving and analytical abilities
  • Exploration of academic interests
  • Networking opportunities through conferences 
  • Mentorship from faculty and PhD students
  • Professional development and resume building
  • Preparation for graduate studies and/or industry positions 

Viterbi undergraduate students can participate in research through formal programs, such as the Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE) Fellowship. Students can also find research involvement through student organizations, national competitions, volunteer positions, and formal coursework (Directed Research 490 or senior capstone courses).

Learn how to get started in undergraduate research at Viterbi

Published on December 22nd, 2016

Last updated on August 5th, 2023