Talk to the professors and get engaged in their research as early as possible during your undergraduate studies. Sometimes, I have seen that students are shy to talk to professors if their GPA is low. I have seen very good undergraduate researchers with lower GPAs who eventually did great in their senior year and ended up going for a Ph.D.
Research Interests: Professor Al Faruque’s current research is focused on system-level design of embedded systems and Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS) with special interests on CPS design automation, model-based design, multi-core systems, and CPS security.
Faculty Profile: https://engineering.uci.edu/users/mohammad-al-faruque