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Research Competitions

From time to time, Calit2 offers unique award-based research challenges to students.

The DARPA Grand Challenge is an annual program offered by the U.S. Defense Department. Teams across the country work diligently to construct an autonomous vehicle capable of navigiating a 60-mile outdoor course. Calit2, in partnership with UCI's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, has funded teams of undergraduate students to develop an autonomous car and enter the challenge. In 2007, six students formed Calit2 Team XAR (eXtreme Anteater Racers), and their robotic car was one of 118 to qualify for and pass the site visit at which DARPA officials oversaw preliminary vehicle testing.

A micrograph competition was held to celebrate the opening of the Calit2 Zeiss Center of Excellence. A group of faculty and industry experts judged submissions from 13 students who submitted micrographs made with the scanning electron microscopes in the Zeiss Center, awarding prizes to the top three. The competition is currently conducted by a student chemical-and-bio-engineering organization, and winners' names are added to a plaque displayed in the center.

This Web site, electronic announcements and printed flyers will announce future opportunities. We hope you will choose to participate in one of our uniquely challenging research and educational programs.