Academic Research Consortium (ARC)

The Academic Research Consortium (ARC) Summer Program provides mentored research experiences in all disciplines to undergraduates at the junior level and graduate students at the Master's level who are seeking to gain experience and prepare for doctoral programs at UC Santa Barbara. ​ARC targets talented and motivated students from Hispanic Serving Institutions who can benefit from additional academic support and career development.​



Walter Boggan and Karen van Gool at

Access Grads

Access Grads connects undergraduates with graduate students, research opportunities, and the scientific community at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  We assist motivated psychology students from all backgrounds by pairing them with a graduate student mentor in the Psychological & Brain Sciences Department or the Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology Department. Graduate student mentors give undergraduate mentees insights into what it is like to do science day to day,  how to navigate the graduate school application process, and the kinds of careers they can have in psychology.


ACTION Institute Undergraduate Research

The AI Institute for Agent-based Cyber Threat Intelligence and Operation (ACTION) offers several exciting opportunities for undergraduate education focused on the intersection of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. In addition to participating in new courses and research, students have the chance to participate in summer internships with faculty and graduate student mentors at UCSB and partner campuses. Our internships are offered in a team format, allowing students to develop teamwork skills and collaborate with people with diverse skill sets. 

These opportunities for applied learning are valuable preparation for work and help make visible the connection between coursework and future careers. The ACTION Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, has an ambitious agenda for broadening participation among underrepresented students.


Contact: Tim Robinson

California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

CAMP provides resources and opportunities to under-represented students in any field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The program is sponsored by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation at the National Science Foundation, and is part of the statewide CAMP program.  CAMP has several programs that support undergraduates, including Summer and Academic year Research Internships and CAMP Scholars funding that supports successful completion of a degree in STEM.


Contact: Dr. Julie Standish, Research Intern Coordinator, MRL,

The Center for Black Studies Research

The academic mission of the Center for Black Studies Research is to support interdisciplinary research on the social, political, historical, cultural, and economic experiences of communities throughout the African Diaspora. The Center is dedicated to developing individual and collaborative research projects by securing and administering grants for faculty and student scholars. We provide paid fellowships to Undergraduate Research Fellows in all disciplines. 



Director, Center for Black Studies Research

Contact: Professor Sharon Tettegah


Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)

Our mission is to increase diversity in STEM fields by providing access to research opportunities for UCSB students, especially for those from traditionally underserved groups. We offer a range of programs, including one-time networking and professional development events with UCSB researchers, mini-grants to participate in scientific conferences and professional activities, summer bridge programs for incoming freshmen, and immersive research training scholarships for lower and upper division students. We provide paid opportunities for students to develop research projects under the mentorship of UCSB faculty and research staff, develop scientific communication skills, and engage in the campus scientific community.

Please visit our website for a list of our current undergraduate research programs and opportunities:


For more information, please contact CSEP UG Program Coordinator:

Sofi Sanabria-Guillen, M.A.

Cooperative Economics Initiative

Cooperative economics support social justice, but more research is needed to broaden awareness about the many options and solutions cooperative economics can provide. The Blum Center welcomes new avenues of research and interest from UCSB faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. Come join us in the work. We are interested in a diverse range of perspectives and experiences.


Contact: Kashia Arnold

Library Award for Undergraduate Research

The UCSB Library Award for Undergraduate Research (LAUR) awards prizes of $750 and $500 to six students every year. LAUR is different than most awards in that it recognizes the research process and the steps that you use in writing your research paper or project. Entries are judged on 3 components: your project, your bibliography, and a short reflective essay in which you describe your research process.  Did you use the Library’s databases, and if so, how did you discover which ones to use? Did you consult online articles or other sources? What challenges did you face as you conducted your research? If you used Interlibrary Loan, worked with a librarian, or visited the Library’s DREAM Lab or Research Data Services, we want to hear about that, too! 

The award promotes and encourages intellectual discovery and the advancement of lifelong learning, and is open to all currently-enrolled undergraduate students at UCSB.


Contact: Jane Faulkner

Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)

The MRL is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center located next to Engineering II at UCSB. The MRL serves as the innovation engine for discoveries in new materials and is home to a diverse scientific and engineering community of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty researchers.  One of the prime initiatives of the center is support of undergraduate research through a number of programs.  Funded research opportunities available to UCSB undergraduate STEM majors at the MRL include both school year and summer programs at UCSB, our international partners, and our partner institution at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Dr. Dorothy Pak, Education Director,

Dr. Julie Standish, Research Intern Coordinator,

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country. The UCSB McNair Scholars Program provides undergraduates with opportunities to participate in academic year and summer research activities. McNair Scholars attend courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation; complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor; and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.

Email contact:
Social Media: McNair @ Facebook
Social Media: McNair @ Instagram

ONDAS Student Center

The ONDAS Student Center serves as an Academic Resource Center for first-generation college students at UCSB. We value the contributions first-generation college students make on campus and believe their presence is vital to the success and growth of the campus community.

As a Center, we aim to support students in their transition to and through college, and provide a community space where students can be their full and authentic selves while making peer to peer connections, and connecting with faculty and staff on campus. We specifically focus on providing academic and mentorship support, including but not limited to: Peer-Led Workshops, Academic Support & Resources, Grad School Mentorship, Faculty Mentorship Programs.

For more information visit: and check out the First-Generation College Student page at:

According to the First-Generation UCSB page, a first-generation college student is defined as: “ students [who] are among the first in their families to graduate from a [two-year or] four-year institution in the United States.”

*Note: The OSC is not exclusive. Any student can use the Center’s services and resources regardless if they are a first-generation college student or not.


Instagram: @ondas.ucsb

TikTok: @ondas.ucsb

YouTube: ONDAS Student Center
Facebook: ONDAS Student Center

Promise Scholars Program and Scholar Retention Program

The Promise Scholars Program supports low income, first generation, and underrepresented students in higher education. We provide time management and wrap-around support services for our students and also other students who may encounter a crisis and need someone to contact who can help them find services to support them. The Scholar Retention Program helps to fund low income students who have been academically disqualified from the university and need to take classes over summer. 


Contact: Holly Roose, PhD

               Program Director




The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is designed to engage and educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). UC LEADS is designed to identify upper-division UCSB undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study.


Contact: Karen van Gool, Assistant Director, Outreach - Graduate Division