Start early. The more experience you gain, the better off you will be. Do not be
afraid to change labs here and there until you find your niche. Once you find the lab for you, stick with a single project and make sure
you can co-author papers in major scientific journals. Sometimes working in a lab full of post-docs and graduate students can be daunting,
but UCI faculty are normally very helpful and encouraging to undergraduates, so use this to your advantage.