STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM (SRP)

STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM (SRP)

UCLA’s Student Research Program (SRP) assists undergraduates in obtaining research skills, in defining academic interests and objectives, and in becoming part of the larger university research community. SRP is designed as an entry-level experience and allows undergraduates early in their academic careers to participate in research or engage in scholarly efforts under the direction of a faculty mentor.

Students receive 1 unit of credit for 3-5 hours of work per week or 2 units for 6-10 hours of work per week. Students in the College may take up to 10 units of SRP credit during their undergraduate careers. Only 6 of those SRP units will count towards graduation; once students have completed 6 SRP units, they may enroll in an additional 4 SRP units without credit applied toward the degree. Each student can only submit one SRP contract per quarter.

Student Eligibility

  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 units (before SRP units) with full-time status, with the exception of summer quarter.
  • If enrolled in over 19 units (including SRP units), students must submit a petition to the appropriate counseling unit to go over the unit max. This petition must be approved before the SRP contract is submitted.
  • Students working with faculty mentors who have UCLA Environment, Health & Safety chemical licenses must have completed the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts class before enrolling in an SRP 99 course (see below). Students who need to take the course will see a notation on their SRP 99 contract under their faculty mentor’s name.

Enrollment

Students enroll in SRP (Course 99) by submitting their signed SRP contracts (available on MyUCLA ) to the Undergraduate Research Center (Murphy Hall A334) by 4:30 pm on the Friday of second week for fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters. See Creating the SRP Contract for more information.

Students working with faculty mentors who have UCLA Environment, Health & Safety chemical licenses must have completed the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts class before enrolling in an SRP 99 course. If the Laboratory Safety course is required, students will see the following under their faculty mentor’s name when generating the SRP 99 contract in MyUCLA: “Safety Training: Proof of Completion of the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts (LSFC) course is required for participation in research with this mentor.” See Creating the SRP Contract for more information.

Note: In summer, students can enroll in Summer Session A for 6 weeks, Summer Session A for 10 weeks, or Summer Session C for 6 weeks. Students wishing to enroll in SRP for the whole summer should choose the 10-week option; they cannot enroll in both summer sessions A and C for 6 weeks. Deadlines for summer SRP contracts are 4:30 p.m. of the second week of each session. Summer SRP units do not carry an additional cost. Students only enrolling in SRP units during the summer will only pay the Campus Fee and IEI fee. Click here for current rates .

Grading

SRP (Course 99) is a P/NP contract course, and the course requirements are determined by the faculty mentor. At the end of the quarter, the faculty mentor certifies that the contract has been completed and submits a grade. Grades are submitted by the faculty mentor within the last week of the quarter after final exams.

Transcripts

Students’ transcripts will read as follows: Course 99 – Student Research. The number of units listed on the transcript is set by the SRP contract (see above).

Workshops

If you are interested in becoming a part of SRP, please attend one of the Getting Started With Research workshops held each quarter.

Questions?

Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515
urhass@college.ucla.edu

CREATING THE SRP CONTRACT

CREATING THE SRP CONTRACT

Create an SRP contract through the following steps:

  • Go to MyUCLA
  • Login
  • Click on “Contract Courses,” which is under the “Classes” tab
  • Under “My Contract Courses” click on “Submit a new contract”
  • Select year and term
  • Choose “Student Research Program (SRP) 99”
  • Select the “Subject Area” for your SRP. (The subject area is the same as your faculty mentor’s department.)
  • Choose faculty mentor and select number of unitsIf your faculty mentor is not listed in the system: first double-check that you are looking in the correct department. If you still do not see your mentor listed, then your mentor will need to fill out a Faculty Participation Form . You will be able to chose your faculty mentor in the SRP contract after the Faculty Participation Form has been submitted to the Undergraduate Research Center.
  • Verify whether you need to submit proof of completion of the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts course. If your faculty mentor has a UCLA Environment, Health & Safety chemical license, you must complete the Laboratory Safety class before enrolling in an SRP 99 course. If the Laboratory Safety course is required, you will see the following under your faculty mentor’s name on the SRP 99 contract: “Safety Training: Proof of Completion of the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts (LSFC) course is required for participation in research with this mentor.” The LSFC training can now be completed online and takes about 90 minutes. Go to https://worksafe.ucla.edu  and sign in using your UCLA Logon ID. Click on the course catalog, select online training, and launch UCLA Laboratory Safety Fundamentals (LAB-LSFC-OL). You will receive a “proof of completion” certificate after passing the final test. Please print out the certificate (also retrievable from the transcripts section of your Worksafe menu) and attach it to your SRP contract.
  • In the “My Research Plan” section, include: your research question or hypothesis, your approach or methodology, and the significance of the project. Aim for 3-5 sentences. See the sample “My Research Plan” below.
  • Print contract
  • Have your faculty mentor sign the contract. If your faculty mentor is out of town, he or she may send an e-mail to urhass@college.ucla.edu in lieu of a signature.
  • SRP contracts are due Friday of second week at 4:30pm to Murphy Hall A334. If you were required to take the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts course, be sure to print the proof of completion and bring it with your SRP 99 contract.

“My Research Plan” example: My research investigates how fan fiction has influenced the modern publishing industry. I examine the online trajectories of three novels that were ultimately published on Amazon.com’s Kindle Words service. This project will document the publishing history of these three as-yet-overlooked novels while analyzing the publishing industry’s attempts to impose standards on the emerging genre.