Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE)

Update


The CURVE program start date has been postponed to spring 2021. Award notifications will go out in November and onboarding and orientation will be held over winter break. Research positions will begin at the beginning of spring semester.

Overview


The Center for Undergraduate Research in Viterbi Engineering (CURVE) provides a centralized resource for undergraduate students to explore research opportunities in Viterbi. The goals of CURVE are to provide all Viterbi students access to research, prepare students to engage in research and mentoring communities, and provide funding for the experience.

CURVE matches Viterbi undergraduate students with research positions in labs. Students will be given the opportunity to assist faculty on a research project while receiving paid hourly wages for their work.


Program benefits, eligibility and requirements:

  • All Viterbi undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
  • Each undergraduate student funded by the program will receive hourly wages to help support their research positions, typically over two semesters.
  • Students will work 5-10 hours per week with a faculty advisor and/or PhD mentor.
  • Participating students will present their research at the Viterbi Research Symposium.
  • Additional benefits include professional development seminars on topics such as conducting literature reviews, delivering effective presentations, designing technical posters, best practices in research, writing scientific abstracts, applying to PhD programs and more.

Important Note
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, undergraduate research must be conducted remotely. Students currently residing outside of the United States are not eligible to apply for funding.

How to Apply


Next Steps

  • Read through the Overview and FAQs to learn about CURVE.
  • Read through the Research Positions to determine which ones interest you the most.
  • Attend as many Faculty information sessions as you like in order to find out more information about specific research projects (check back the week of September 7th for dates and times under Faculty Information Sessions).
  • Make sure to apply by the September 20th deadline.

Timeline

September 4 Application Opens

September 11 Faculty-led Research Info Session

September 18 Faculty-led Research Info Session

September 20 Application Deadline

Week of September 28 – Award Notifications Sent

CURVE will facilitate the matching process between you and an open research position. To help you decide which lab you would like to apply for, be sure to attend the faculty-led information sessions where you can learn about the research projects and the role of  undergraduate research assistants. These info sessions will also give you a chance to ask questions and talk with faculty (virtually!) face-to-face before applying for the position.

  • Information sessions will be held on Friday, September 11th, and Friday, September 18th. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like. Please note some sessions may be running concurrently. 
  • Check back the week of September 7th for the zoom links and calendar of information sessions.

Faculty Information Sessions


CURVE will help facilitate matching you with an open research position. To help you select which lab you would like to join, we will be hosting faculty-led information sessions where you can hear from faculty members about the research projects they are working on and the role of an undergraduate research assistant in their lab. This also gives you a chance to ask questions and talk with faculty (virtually!) face-to-face before applying to work in their lab.

Information sessions will be held on Friday, September 11th and Friday, September 18th. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like. Please note some sessions may be running concurrently. 

Check back the week of September 7th for the zoom links and calendar of information sessions. Sessions and zoom links will continue to be added throughout the week. Please note not all faculty will be offering sessions.

Information sessions are allotted one hour, but students can expect the sessions to run for about 30 minutes.

Friday, September 11, 2020

TimeHostResearch ProjectZoom link
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
Professor Garijo, ISI
A Framework for Enabling Encapsulating, Testing and Maintaining Scientific SoftwareZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Ravichandran, CHEAdvanced Oxide and Chalcogenide Materials for Electronics, Photonics and Energy ApplicationsZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Ren, CSPost-hoc Explanation Demo for Deep Learning Models in Natural Language Processing & Machine Commonsense Reasoning Zoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Mataric, CSComputational Socially Assistive RoboticsZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Duncan, INIThe Epilepsy Bioinformatics Study for Antiepileptogenic TherapyZoom

Friday, September 18, 2020

TimeHostResearch ProjectZoom link
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDTProfessor Pujara, Computer ScienceProbabilistic AI Models for Understanding Human DiscourseZoom
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDTProfessor Irimia, GerontologyBrain MRI analysis, connectomics and machine learning for neuroscience knowledge discoveryZoom
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDTProfessor Jaiswal, ECEUse of Emerging Memory Technologies for Novel Circuit DesignZoom
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDTProfessor Sengupta, ASTEHydrogen Powered Urban Aerial MobilityZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT Professor Barnhart, ISIDisruptive space engineering, research, and educationZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Nikolaidis, CSInteractive and Collaborative Autonomous Robotics labZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Gupta, AMERobotic Hand with Variable ComplianceZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Ebramzadeh Abrams, BMEDesign and Evaluation of Orthopaedic ImplantsZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor McArthur, AMEVarious projects in Aircraft Dynamics, Controls, and Cooperation LabZoom
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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Ortega, ECESignal Transformation, Analysis and Compression GroupZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Sandeep Gupta, ECEMethods and tools to accelerate discoveriesZoom
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDTProfessor Wilcox, ISETime Series Clustering – Survey PaperZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Annavaram, ECEVarious Distributed Machine Learning ProjectsZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Bouteiller, BMEMulti-Scale Modeling of the Hippocampus for Electrical StimulationZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Ayanian, CSTrajectory replanning for multirobot systemsZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Hsu, ECEFast electrodynamics solversZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Renuka Balakrishna, AMEMicrostructure-Property Relations in MaterialsZoom
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDTProfessor Hall, ISECreating the Innovative University & Integrated Modeling of Healthcare Capacity and Patient Needs to Intervene Against Human Transmitted Viral DiseaseZoom
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDTProfessor Oberai, AMEMachine Learning for Improving Outcomes in HealthcareZoom
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDTProfessor Toutios, ECEModeling human speech productionZoom
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDTProfessor Abramson, ECEData Driven CybersecurityView Presentation Slides
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDTProfessor Applegate, BMESignal Processing for Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of the EarZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Nuzzo, ECESelf-Driving Vehicle TestbedZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Penkova, AMEMathematical modeling and engineering devices to COVID-19 response; Fluid transport experiments and simulations related to glaucomaZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Bogdan, ECECovid-19 misinformation, SARS-CoV-2 viral analysis, complex networks, machine learning and artificial intelligenceZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Dilkina, CSML and Optimization for “AI in Society” ProjectsZoom
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDTProfessor Wang, ASTEComputational Studies in Astronautical EngineeringZoom

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