Updated October 9, 2020

On a case-by-case basis, undergraduates are allowed to participate in on-campus research activities, provided they are part of an approved Research Operational Plan, adhere to the lab safety guidelines in Interim Policy 906, and take the daily symptom monitoring survey. Click here for more information regarding research ramp-up.

For undergraduate students, the following rules apply to those undergraduates being proposed for lab work under a faculty ROP. It does not apply to students who need to be in labs to complete lab work that is essential to finishing their degree (an explicit degree requirement (e.g. a capstone project) that cannot be completed remotely or delayed and would prevent a student from graduating).


  1. No new students will be allowed to begin on-site research either for credit or as an employee.
  2. No new volunteers.
  3. Undergraduates who are included on an already approved ROP and perform essential work on a faculty member’s research that cannot be done remotely are permitted as part of the essential workforce research or as an approved member of a COVID-19 research team listed on an approved current ROP.
  4. Students with prior research experience who are not included in an already approved ROP are not permitted to return to the lab for on-site work at this time.

Until further notice, our staff are working remotely until March 2021. We welcome you to contact us over the phone (310.825.2935) or by email ( during our normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Click here for more information about our virtual support and resources for students and faculty.


The Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences serves all students in humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our programs and services. We look forward to meeting you!


Conducting research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to gain experiences and skills that will benefit you both academically and professionally, preparing you for graduate school and a wide variety of careers.

Participating in undergraduate research lets you:

  • Work one-on-one with faculty,
  • Participate in cutting-edge research projects with far-reaching impacts,
  • Make significant contributions to a field you care about, and
  • Enhance your competitiveness for high-level employment and admission to graduate and professional schools.


Although we cannot meet with you in person, our team remains ready to assist you virtually. Click here for more information about virtual support and resources like online workshops and advising appointments.

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