Dynamic and socially conscious research is the hallmark of Seaver College of Science and Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students are involved in all phases of research and discovery. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with LMU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.
The Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
The Center for Urban Resilience – CURes – is one of 17 research centers and institutes at LMU. CURes is housed in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, but is overseen by the Office of the Provost.
CURes is a bridge-builder among stakeholders supporting positive urban ecology interventions in Los Angeles and beyond through courses, research, community science and public outreach. Urban ecology is more than the study and protection of nature in cities. It is the study of cities as ecological communities in and of themselves. Urban ecology looks at cities both as complex social and ecological systems and places that are uniquely structured for human needs. Consequently, cities are indispensable laboratories of innovation for urban problems. Creative adaptation while living within limits — resilience and sustainability — is key to facing the coming social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. How cities respond to these challenges will promote or detract from the well being of a city’s residents.
CURes harnesses the creative energies of LMU faculty, students and staff to develop sustainable solutions for a broad range of problems.
The Coastal Research Institute (CRI)
The Coastal Research Institute (CRI) brings together expertise from LMU’s Seaver College and the Bay Foundation to further the goals of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. The CRI engages LMU faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in research related to coastal resource management. The Center is actively conducting research at the nearby Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Malibu Lagoon, in the coastal ocean, on campus, and at other locations throughout the watershed.
Undergraduates have the opportunity to collaborate with a faculty member or a team of peers to design and carry out academic research. If you are interested in conducting research, connect with a faculty member in your department for more information. In addition to intellectual curiosity and hands-on learning, conducting research is excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.
On-campus programs and resources to support undergraduate research training and the presentation of research findings include:
- Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
- Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Rains Research Assistant Program
External opportunities (over the summer)
Outside of LMU, undergraduate students may apply for a REU, a Research Experience for Undergraduates, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Participation in a REU occurs over the summer and the host institutions vary by topic and geographic region. Visit the NSF REU website for a complete list of REU opportunities.
Once you find an REU program of interest, it’s important to look into the research projects that will be conducted that summer. This information is unique to each school, so be sure to click on the host school link for details.
In addition to REU opportunities, other programs to consider include: