Undergraduate Research Overview

There are two Undergraduate Research Centers at UCLA:

Student Research Program (SRP 99)

UCLA's Student Research Program (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.

Research projects may be faculty-initiated (students assist with faculty research) or student-initiated (faculty mentor students on students’ projects). For more information about SRP, please see SRP and Becoming a Faculty Mentor.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships and Travel Grants

The Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences administers the following undergraduate research scholarship and grant programs:

  • The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) supports students engaged in entry-level research in winter and spring quarters. Students apply by November 30. Fellows receive a $2,000 scholarship.
  • The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) supports juniors and seniors engaged in a departmental honors thesis or comprehensive 199 project. Students apply by June 15. Juniors receive a $3,000 scholarship, and seniors receive a $5,000 scholarship.
  • The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) is a two-year program for students in select humanities and social sciences fields who intend to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in the academy. The program aims to diversify the professoriate. Students apply by November 15.
  • Travel Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to students who are presenting their research at conferences.
Cornerstone Research Workshops

The Cornerstone Research Workshops help prepare undergraduates to conduct research successfully at UCLA. The workshop series introduces students to the notion of research itself and then offers them strategies, tools, and resources for each stage of the research process, from developing a research question to presenting and publishing their work.

Faculty members who are interested in having their students attend the workshops are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Research Center at urhass@college.ucla.edu for more information.

Undergraduate Research Week (May 11-15, 2015)

Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates student research. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in research or creative projects, the week provides opportunities for students to present their work as oral presentations (by departmental nomination), posters, and performances.

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Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall; temporary summer 2018 location: 33442 Young Research Library
Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515