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 or creative inquiry in the humanities, arts, or social sciences.

The selected participants will not be required to conduct research or creative inquiry 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 or creative projects, applying to research programs, or assisting on faculty member projects in future quarters. Students selected to participate will enroll in a section of Research Practice 102 (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 or creative inquiry, provide tips on finding a faculty mentor, and offer strategies, tools, and resources for each stage of the research process.

Participants will receive a $300 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, first-year transfer students, and second-year transfer students (fall quarter only)
  • Interested in pursuing undergraduate research or creative inquiry 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 Research Practice 102 during the quarter, from 3-4:50 p.m. on Thursdays
  • During summer session A, Research Revealed is offered for course credit only without the scholarship program; all students are eligible to enroll in RES PRC 102: Research Revealed for course credit during summer session


Application Deadlines:

  • September 1 at 11:59 p.m. for fall quarter
  • December 1 at 11:59 p.m. for winter quarter
  • March 7 at 11:59 p.m. for spring quarter

Visit MyUCLA, click on “Campus Life,” and select “Survey” to access the Research Revealed application.

The Research Research application is available 1-2 months before the application deadline for each quarter. The application for winter 2023 is now open. If you are not selected to participate in the Research Revealed program, you may apply again through MyUCLA as long as you are eligible.

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 (400 characters including spaces, about 50 words), but no more than 1200 characters (1600 characters including spaces, 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 (2000 characters including spaces, about 250 words), but no more than 2700 characters (3600 characters including spaces, 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 (2000 characters including spaces, about 250 words), but no more than 2700 characters (3600 characters including spaces, about 450 words).

If you have any questions, please email the Undergraduate Research Center or schedule a virtual advising appointment with a Graduate Student Mentor.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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