About Us

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The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Office’s mission is to further UCSB’s goals of fostering academic excellence and diversity by supporting equitable access to research opportunities both on and off campus.

Developed as a resource to help guide students towards experiential education opportunities, the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) office seeks to enhance undergraduates’ time at UCSB through participation in research and creative activities. Students are able to engage in programs such as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Grant, the Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP), the Undergraduate Research Colloquium and the Undergraduate Research Slam. Together, these programs work to foster individuals who are prepared to apply their learned skills towards their future personal, academic, and professional goals.