Undergraduate Research Centers
The Undergraduate Research Centers (URC) assist students in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences (URC Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, A334 Murphy Hall, 310-825-2935) and in science, engineering, and mathematics (URC Sciences, 2121 Life Sciences, 310-794-4227 by supporting scholarly, critical, and creative research. The centers provide mentoring and tutorials, manage the Student Research Program (SRP), and administer summer research programs, academic year research programs, research stipends, and scholarships. They also sponsor two student-run publications—the Undergraduate Science Journal and the Aleph humanities and social sciences journal; organize campuswide conferences and events; and coordinate the Student Research Forum that promotes a broader and deeper understanding of university research and helps entry-level student researchers define their place in the larger research community. See the undergraduate research website.
Student Research Program
Administered by each Undergraduate Research Center, the Student Research Program offers undergraduates, especially lower division and first-year transfer students, opportunities to become actively involved in the University research community. Working with faculty members on research projects, SRP students gain valuable research training and experience, as well as preparation for advanced undergraduate work and graduate school. Students enroll in course 99 in any department and receive 1 unit of course credit for each 30 hours of research completed during the term. Science, engineering, and mathematics students should see the sciences SRP website. Arts, humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences students should see the HASS SRP website.
Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) is available on a competitive basis and by application for undergraduate students seeking entry-level research experience. Funded students typically participate in two terms of research (winter and spring quarters) through SRP. Science, engineering, and mathematics students should see the sciences URFP website. Arts, humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences students should see the HASS URFP website.
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) offers scholarships from foundations, industry, and individual donors to continuing students (junior-level standing and higher). Applicants must have a strong commitment to research and must complete an honors thesis or a comprehensive independent studies project during the senior year. Applications are accepted during spring quarter for the following academic year. Science, engineering, and mathematics students should see the sciences URSP website. Arts, humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences students should see the HASS URSP website.
Academic Research Courses
All academic departments offer undergraduate research courses that allow students to obtain academic credit for their research experiences. Students enrolled in the courses are often upper division students with Student Research Program experience. Department requirements for credit vary, but all departments require a research proposal to enroll in upper division tutorial courses and a research report to receive credit when the research project is completed. Senior students working toward honors or highest honors in many majors must complete a two-term (or more) research project that culminates in an honors thesis. Arrangements must be made with a faculty mentor before students can register for the course. See the undergraduate adviser in the department of interest for more information.