Twelve undergraduate students from the entire UCLA campus were selected in June 2016 to win $15,000 prizes in the inaugural 2016-17 cycle of this program. Application to apply to the next round will be posted in March 2017. 

Prize winners benefit from an intellectual environment with fellow prize awardees, dedicated lab space, and mentoring with faculty and outside experts. Their research year will culminate in a final presentation of their findings in June 2017.


The IRI is dedicated to nurturing and unleashing the huge potential for innovation that lies in undergraduate students at UCLA.  The prize supports research that through experiment, design, or social inquiry and analysis helps us learn more or contribute to the future development of the internet.  

In addition to the daily business of classes, studying, and assignments, students may be occupied with part time work that has little benefit to their future careers or development. They typically have little access to mentors, funding, or encouragement to explore burning ideas and research questions. Through a prize incentive and mentor support, the IRI inspires undergraduates across disciplines to put forward and implement their most revolutionary ideas.

This prize is possible with generous seed support from Venky Harinarayan, and is based in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.