SRP AND BECOMING A FACULTY MENTOR

NOTE REGARDING REMOTE LEARNING FOR FALL 2020

We include this note to provide guidance for undergraduate research activities during fall 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. As research and instruction will be remote for the time being, we encourage you to reach out to your mentees as soon as possible to develop a plan for continuing research activities during the fall quarter.

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).

Undergraduates

  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.

Please note that any funded students enrolled in our research programs will continue to receive funding from us.

We understand that the move to online instruction these next months greatly affects the types of research that may be done. We know there are enormous challenges ahead of us, and we are here to support you in any way that we can. You may also direct students to our center’s website, where we will be posting information about remote workshops and setting up one-on-one advising meetings with graduate mentors.

If you are unsure of how to proceed with your student researchers, you might want to consider working with your students on:

  • Remote research and data analysis
  • An expanded literature review
  • Writing skills across research genres (abstracts, articles, reviews, etc.)
  • Professional development (reviewing CVs, providing guidance for graduate school or research professions)

If you have any questions or would like to speak more to someone at the Undergraduate Research Center about mentorship this fall, please do not hesitate to contact Whitney Arnold (warnold@college.ucla.edu), Jacquelyn Ardam (jardam@college.ucla.edu), or Kelly Kistner (kkistner@college.ucla.edu). We will be happy to correspond via e-mail or set up a Zoom meeting.

STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM (SRP) 99

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 research 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.

After completing SRP, many undergraduates seek greater engagement in research and complete honors theses and upper-division independent study courses.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

SRP research projects may be faculty-initiated (the student helping a faculty member with a project) or student-initiated (the faculty member mentoring a student on a project the student initiated). Faculty members seeking students to assist with faculty-initiated projects are encouraged to post SRP positions on the Undergraduate Research Portal. For examples of faculty-initiated research projects, see sample undergraduate projects.

Students enroll in SRP (course 99 in each department) and receive 1 unit of credit for 3-5 hours of work per week or 2 units of credit for 6-10 hours of work per week (pass/no pass grading). The faculty mentor and student establish the specific meeting times, project goals, and assigned hours. It is the faculty mentor’s responsibility to determine the course grading guidelines and to communicate to the student the assignments and/or hours expected to pass the course.

SRP FACULTY PARTICIPATION FORM

If you would like to become an SRP faculty mentor, please fill out the Faculty Participation Form  and send it to the Undergraduate Research Center (contact information below). The form remains on file after you submit it. You do not need to submit another form to mentor in subsequent quarters.

POST A RESEARCH POSITION

Each quarter students are looking for research projects. Please click here to post a position on the Undergraduate Research Portal. For sample faculty-initiated research projects, see sample undergraduate projects.

SRP PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Students receive 1 unit of credit for 3-5 hours of work per week or 2 units of credit for 6-10 hours of work per week.
  • For submission instructions during remote instruction, please see the Enrollment Section
  • Students enroll in SRP (course 99) by submitting SRP contracts (available on MyUCLA) to the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (Murphy A334). SRP contracts must be signed by the faculty mentor. An e-mail from the faculty mentor is accepted in lieu of a signature.
  • SRP contracts are due by 4:30pm the Friday of second week (excluding zero week) for fall, winter, and spring quarters. SRP contracts are also due the Friday of second week for all summer sessions.
  • Each student can only submit one SRP contract per quarter.
  • 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. 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 .
  • Students in the College may take up to 10 units of SRP credit during their undergraduate careers. Only 6 of those units will count towards graduation. After a student has completed 6 units of SRP, the student may enroll in an additional 4 units without credit applied toward the degree. SRP units do not count towards the maximum units allowed.
  • All undergraduates in good academic standing and enrolled as full-time students (before including SRP units) are eligible to enroll in SRP. If a student in the College is enrolling in more than 19 units, he or she must petition the appropriate College advising unit (College Academic Counseling, AAP, or Honors) for additional units prior to submitting the SRP contract.
  • Faculty members can mentor a maximum of 10 SRP students each quarter.

SUBMIT SRP GRADES

Grades must be submitted one week after the end of finals week through the Gradebook Express system on MyUCLA .

If a grade is not submitted prior to the close of the grading period, the student will receive a grade of “NR,” or Not Reported. This grade will not be changed until the faculty mentor submits a completed Missing Grade Form, available from the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences office.

CONTACT US

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

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SAMPLE UNDERGRADUATE PROJECTS

SRP 99 research projects may be faculty-initiated (the student helping a faculty member with a project) or student-initiated (the faculty member mentoring a student on a project the student initiated).

Undergraduates have contributed in many ways to faculty-initiated projects, including:

  • translating
  • performing archival research
  • creating databases
  • analyzing data
  • conducting interviews
  • developing surveys and questionnaires
  • writing literature reviews
  • transcribing films, interviews, and other materials
  • searching through online repositories
  • cataloging information
  • building websites
  • developing GIS applications and other digital tools
  • creating research-based events and programs
  • helping to prepare manuscripts for publication
  • exploring potential new areas of research
SRP 99 VS. DEPARTMENTAL 199 COURSES

We often receive questions about the differences between 99 and 199 courses. Key differences are outlined below. However, please also check with your department, as departmental 199 courses may vary.

OVERVIEW: 99 AND 199

While SRP 99 courses are designed as entry-level research courses (1-2 units with pass/no pass grading), departmental 199 courses are upper-division research courses (usually up to 4 units with letter grading). Both courses allow students to work on an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students often take departmental 199 courses after they take SRP 99 courses (as a “next step”), but enrollment in an SRP 99 course is not a prerequisite to enrolling in a departmental 199 course.

In many departments, students pursuing honors enroll in 198 courses instead of 199 courses.

UNITS AND TIME COMMITMENT

For SRP 99 courses, 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. For departmental 199 courses, students typically receive 4 units of credit for 12-20 hours of work per week. (Departments vary, however; check with your department for details.)

SRP 99 is a one-quarter commitment, but students often take SRP 99 courses multiple times. Students in the College may take up to 10 units of SRP credit during their undergraduate careers. Only 6 of those SRP units 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.

Many students sign up for multiple quarters of 199 (or 198) courses, and many departments offer these courses as a series (e.g. 199A, 199B, 199C).

ENROLLMENT

Students enroll in SRP 99 by submitting SRP contracts (available on MyUCLA) to the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences by 4:30pm the Friday of second week (excluding zero week). SRP contracts must be signed by the faculty mentor.

The deadlines and procedures for enrolling in 199 courses vary by department. In many departments, the deadline is also the Friday of second week.

QUESTIONS

For questions about SRP 99: please contact the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at urhass@college.ucla.edu or 310.825.2935.

For questions about 199 or 198 courses: please contact your departmental office.