About MDP

The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) will engage UCI undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines in five-member design teams, co-mentored by at least two faculty mentors from different schools. Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of innovative and creative design projects related to the areas of energy, the environment, healthcare, and culture.

Under the personal guidance of UCI faculty co-mentors, students will gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. Each selected team, along with its faculty mentors, will provide an itemized budget, with Calit2 providing two thirds of the funded amount for each project. Over the Winter and Spring quarters, the selected teams will incorporate their multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in developing a solid design of the proposed project. Participants will demonstrate the results of their work at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium in May and at additional demonstration events sponsored by Calit2.  

This program is designed to help students develop the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in fields that explore the connections between different concentrations. The MDP is a collaboration between UROP and Calit2.

Undergraduate and graduate students are also encouraged to propose projects for consideration for this year's MDP. If you have an idea for a project that would be mentored by faculty from two or more schools at UCI, you can submit it for possible inclusion in this year's MDP. See the Application page for complete information.
  
  
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Calit2 is a two-campus multidisciplinary research institute. Its divisions at UCI and UC San Diego leverage academic expertise with industry experience to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse fields. The goal is to develop innovative information technology-based products and services to benefit society and ignite economic development in the region and state. Collaboration is the foundation upon which the institute and the building itself were constructed. More than 200 UCI faculty and students are actively engaged in environmental, transportation, emergency management, healthcare, education and entertainment-based projects.

MDP Highlights

Research design projects conducted throughout Winter and Spring quarters, resulting in a solid project design by the end of the academic year

Reserved working and meeting space in the Calit2 Building
Calit2 to provide two thirds of funded amount for each project

Extensive range of research projects to choose from

Personalized mentoring and training from teams of nationally distinguished faculty representing multiple schools

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities and techniques
Workshops on project management, team building, and conflict resolution
   

2017-2018 MDP

Proposal Submission Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017


Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017

MDP Application Form
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Who should apply?

Eligible applicants are high-achieving UCI undergraduate or graduate students in any discipline who have a strong drive to pursue research and work with people in fields other than their own.