Students are encouraged to become involved in bioengineering research with faculty. Currently, about 2/3 of UCSD Bioengineering undergraduates participate in research before they graduate. The Bioengineering faculty are internationally renowned in forefront research in a variety of areas, and undergraduates are invited to seek out faculty to participate in these research efforts.
Students may also be introduced to research through programs sponsored by the UCSD Office of Academic Enrichment. This office coordinates the Faculty Mentor Program; California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (CAMP); Health and Medical Professionals Preparation Program (HMP3); Mc Nair Program; Summer Research Program; UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference, and Graduate School Application Award.
Students in the Bioengineering and Bioengineering: Biotechnology majors also become involved in closely-mentored activities by faculty through the required Senior Design Project. The Senior Design Project serves as a capstone experience and a highlight of these undergraduate majors. While the projects do not directly develop new scientific knowledge, they often develop enabling technologies to facilitate cutting-edge research.