Passionate about your own topic. Find a faculty member to help advise your development efforts. Interested faculty might provide some funding for materials or you can apply for the Provost Undergraduate Research Awards. This will give you $500 to $1000 to get you started.
Liu lab hosts undergraduate students to research the optical properties and applications of nano materials/structures. We have both theoretical and experimental projects. Requirements: 10 hours per week, minimum GPA of 3.6.