On-Campus Research and Creative Inquiry

Effective June 1, 2021, the Research Operational Plan (ROP) program is no longer required for research and creative activities, both on-campus and in the field. Click here for more information regarding research ramp-up.

Remote Research and Creative Inquiry

We advise students and faculty mentors to develop a plan for remote research activities if on-campus research activities are not feasible.

Students are able to remotely enroll in an SRP 99 course to earn credit for on-campus or remote research activities. For upper-division departmental research contract courses, we recommend contacting your individual department for information.


We understand that remote learning greatly affects the types of research and creative inquiry that may be done. We encourage you to direct students to our center’s website, where we post information about remote workshops and setting up one-on-one virtual 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)

We have also compiled the results of a survey of spring 2020 undergraduate researchers working remotely. Click here to view a summary of the results and key takeaways.

If you have any questions or would like to speak more to someone at the Undergraduate Research Center about mentorship, 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 99) 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 99, please see SRP 99 Faculty Resources.


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 or creative inquiry 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 research or creative project. Students apply by June 20. 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 15.
  • Travel Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to students who are presenting their research or creative projects at virtual and in-person 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.

We also offer Research Methods Workshops on topics such as interviewing methods and writing research and creative proposals.

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 apply for our Research Revealed program and its accompanying course: HONORS COLLEGIUM 101L: Research Revealed – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

In this program, 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 and creativity. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in research or creative inquiry, the week provides opportunities for students to present their work as pre-recorded or live Zoom presentations and multimedia.


The Undergraduate Research Center regularly does presentations at events such as open houses, orientations, and senior meetings, and we are also available to speak in individual classes. We are happy to present on topics ranging from getting started with research at UCLA to more specific topics such as interviewing methods and writing research and creative project proposals. If you would like to arrange an event or virtual class visit, please contact us at


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Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515