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Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Research

New to Research?

Research occurs across campus and all majors can participate. Apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom and engage in learning experiences that broaden your perspectives and insights while helping to create new knowledge. You will have the opportunity to work on a team, improve your oral and written communication skills, and have a chance to discover what really interests you.  

Additionally, undergraduate research experiences will help you whether you want to get a job or go to graduate school after graduation. You will develop marketable skills such as time management, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership. And you will meet faculty researchers and career professionals who can help open doors to future opportunities!

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Join us for Fall Research Events!

We are offering both virtual and hybrid (in-person and virtual) events this fall! Join us for research workshops, seminars, and events that will help you make progress on your research goals.

Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research 2022

The Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) is a one-day conference held each November on the campus of a college or university in the greater Los Angeles area. Its purpose is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the best research, scholarship, and creative work of undergraduates in the region, and to encourage excellence in undergraduate achievement.

Meet Jose Ortiz
Computer Information Systems Major

Advice to Students: "Don't miss the opportunity. You'll improve yourself in so many ways, your skills, knowledge, reputation as a researcher, your resume will have a great achievement on it, peers will respect you for completing an intense task."

Jose is a Computer Science major here at Cal Poly Pomona and participated in the STARS Summer 2022 program. He describes the Student STARS program as a supportive environment where he was able to get immediate and thorough feedback from the Office of Undergraduate Research team. He appreciates the way that the STARS program set him up for success, despite the short 8-week summer program timeline.

Jose’s research project with his faculty mentor Dr. Honggang Wang is about conducting a comprehensive literature review on autonomous driving technologies, and their economic and environmental impacts. They aim to build and demonstrate efficient 3D object detection developed with deep learning Python packages.

Read about Jose and other STARS profiles
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About Us

The Office of Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona (OUR-CPP) was established in the fall of 2013 to increase undergraduate student participation in research programs. Participation in research as an undergraduate has been proven to not only expand a student's academic experience at CPP but also improve retention and graduation rates.

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