There are two Undergraduate Research Centers at UCLA:


We include this note to provide guidance for undergraduate research activities during spring 2020.

If you are working with students on laboratory-based research, you are likely aware that the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities released the following guidelines. 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 spring quarter.

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)

Please note that Undergraduate Research Week is NOT cancelled. While we will no longer be holding in-person events, we are currently exploring our virtual options.

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


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.


On the UCLA Undergraduate Research Portal you can:

  • Post opportunities for undergraduates to assist you with your research; and
  • Search for undergraduates who have the skills and knowledge to help you in your research plans.

Please visit the portal or watch the short video below for more information.


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 15. Fellows receive a $3,000 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 $4,500 scholarship, and seniors receive a $6,000 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 1.
  • Travel Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to students who are presenting their research at conferences.


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 for more information.


Students who are poised to pursue research in north campus fields should be encouraged to enroll in HONORS 19: Research Revealed – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

In this fiat lux seminar course, students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the role of the research university and how research is conducted and knowledge created in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Coursework and seminar discussions will also prepare students for conducting their own research projects, applying for research programs, or assisting on faculty member projects in future quarters.

The course includes faculty guest speakers who will discuss their research work and processes. Faculty interested in speaking about their research during the seminar series should contact Dr. Kelly Kistner at


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
Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515