Getting Involved as an Undergrad

Additional Opportunities

Student Design Teams

Viterbi student organizations compete in a number of different competitions regionally and nationally showcasing what they learn in the classroom. There is something for just about every major!

Visit our Student Organization page for more information about the following design teams and links to their contact information:

  • AeroDesign Team
  • ASCE Concrete Canoe
  • ASCE Steel Bridge
  • Biomedical Engineering Associated Start Up Team
  • IEEE Micromouse
  • USC Aerial Robotics
  • USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team
  • USC Racing
  • USC Rocket Lab
  • USC Solar Car Team


USC Research Programs

The University has a variety of programs supporting undergraduate research efforts:

USC Research & Discovery Information
USC Discovery Scholars
Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work
USC Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
USC Rose Hills Fellowships
USC Provosts Undergraduate Research Fellowships
USG Academic Research Fund


Additional Summer Research

You are welcome to utilize the list below as a starting point; this list is not comprehensive. We separated each list by the approximate timeframe for application submission, however please check the website for the program you are interested in for the deadline. Some programs have early bird or priority deadlines.

In addition to the below, please check the following resources:

Applications typically due in January

Center for Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences – E3S Summer Research Internship
Colorado School of Mines – Research Experience for Undergraduates in Renewable Energy
Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Undergraduate Scholars
NanoJapan – International REU
Rutgers University – DIMACS/DIMATIA U.S./Czech Internation REU Program
University of Michigan – Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering
University of Minnesota – School of Physics and Astronomy REU Program
UW Madison Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and REU

Applications typically due in February

MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Amgen Scholars – Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnolgy
California Institute of Technology – NSF-REU Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
Case Western Reserve University NSF – Molecular Science and Engineering and Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS)
Clarkson University –  Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Iowa State University – Human Computer Interaction Program REU
Texas A& M – Undergraduate Summer Research Grant
UCLA – Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)
UCSC – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT)
University of Alabama – Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics)
University of Maine – REU Fellowship in Sensor Science and Technology
University of Maine – Sustainable Forest Bioproducts Summer Research Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh – Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Worcester Polytechnic – Integrated Bioengineering Research REU

Applications typically due in March

Cornell Center for Materials Research Programs
Georgia Tech – Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science Program (SURE)
Mississippi State University – Summer REU
Quality Education for Minorities – Science Education Summer Internship
Oakland University – Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship Program  Ohio State Summer REU Opportunity
Tennessee Technological University – REU in Manufacturing and Techno-Entrepreneurship
University of Alabama – Empirical Software Engineering (Computer Science)
University of Arizona – Research in Optics REU
University of Arkansas – Chemistry and Biochemistry REU Summer Research Program
University of Houston – Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program – Innovations in Nanotechnology
University of Maine – Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Summer REU
University of Tennessee – CURENT REU

Published on August 31st, 2021

Last updated on March 7th, 2022