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Dear UCSB Campus Community,

Keep engaging in undergraduate research: During the pandemic, we are committed to continuing to make opportunities available to engage in research. Guided by the principle that health and safety come first, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research is leading efforts for a phased reopen of research facilities. These efforts include a number of initiatives that are considering various aspects of return planning. Undergraduates are included in the ramp-up in the very rare cases in which they are irreplaceable for essential maintenance. Proposals for small numbers of undergraduates to begin research in Stage 4 will be considered, such as those with summer fellowships (e.g. CCS, Worster, etc.). Learn more about UCSB’s research ramp-up plan and Offsite Research Committee guidelines.



About Us

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities facilitates equitable access, opportunities, and support for students producing knowledge.

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. Together, these programs work to foster individuals who are prepared to apply their learned skills towards their future personal, academic, and professional goals.


Grant Programs

  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Grant
  • Transfer Student Research Award
  • Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)

Showcase Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Research Colloquium, Colloquium Unbound, Digital Colloquium
  • Undergraduate Research Slam
  • URCA Journal


Workshops and Info Sessions

URCA offers a series of workshops to support students. This includes info sessions to help students apply for our grants and prepare for the Colloquium. We also offer workshops to develop research skills. To view our upcoming events, please check bach here or join us on Shoreline.