The Research Revealed Undergraduate Research Preparation Program is a one-quarter program that supports freshmen, sophomores, and first-year transfers who are interested in pursuing undergraduate research in the humanities, arts, or social sciences.

The selected participants will not be required to conduct research during the program, but will gain a better understanding and appreciation of conducting research and creating knowledge in humanities, arts, and social science fields. The program aims to prepare students for conducting their own research projects, applying to research programs, or assisting on faculty member projects in future quarters. Students selected to participate will enroll in a section of Honors Collegium 101L (2 units, P/NP), which will feature talks from various UCLA faculty, student researchers, and representatives from campus resources. Coursework and seminar discussions will help students get started in research, provide tips on finding a faculty mentor, and offer strategies, tools, and resources for each stage of the research process.

Participants will receive a $200 scholarship at the end of the quarter upon successful completion of all program components. (Please note: If selected, the scholarship will be part of your overall financial aid package. The Financial Aid office will adjust your financial aid package to ensure that you do not exceed your financial aid eligibility.)


  • Current UCLA freshmen, sophomores, and first-year transfer students
  • Interested in pursuing undergraduate research in humanities, arts, or social sciences
  • Cannot be a current or previous recipient of a research program scholarship, including those through the Undergraduate Research Centers, AAP, College Honors, the Center for Community Learning, Education Abroad Programs, or academic departments.
  • Must be available and commit to attending all meetings of HC101L during the quarter. The class is usually held on Thursdays, from 3-4:50pm.


Application Deadlines:

  • September 1 at 11:59pm for fall quarter
  • December 1 at 11:59pm for winter quarter
  • March 1 at 11:59pm for spring quarter

The program application will be made available on MyUCLA (under “Campus Life” -> “Surveys” or click here) 1-2 months before the application deadline for each quarter. If you are not selected to participate in the Research Revealed program, you may apply again as long as you are eligible, but must submit a new application through MyUCLA.

The application will ask you to address the following:

  1. Express in your own words what it means to do research. Write at least 300 characters (including spaces, about 50 words), but no more than 1200 characters (about 200 words).
  2. Your research interests: Specify a topic you are interested in studying and why it interests you. Write at least 1500 characters (including spaces, about 250 words), but no more than 2700 characters (about 450 words).
  3. Your personal interests and goals: Describe your educational goals and why you are applying for the Research Revealed program. Write at least 1500 characters (including spaces, about 250 words), but no more than 2700 characters (about 450 words).

Please contact the Undergraduate Research Center if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an individual appointment with a Graduate Research Mentor.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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