Participating in meaningful research, guided by eminent faculty, is one of the unique benefits of attending UCLA as an undergraduate.

UCLA is the only university in the country with two distinct Undergraduate Research Centers. More than 4,000 undergraduates participate in research with over 2,000 faculty in all disciplines across the campus. The URC’s primary mission is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate student research with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, for academic and research careers. Students will gain experiences and skills that benefit them both academically and professionally, preparing them for graduate school and a wide variety of careers.

  • The URC-Sciences serve students and faculty in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering research disciplines, and focuses on preparing students for academic and research careers.
  • The URC-Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences helps students define their academic interests, improve research skills and become part of the university research community.

The Centers connect students to hands-on experiences, from labs to library archives, and provide year-round programs and services for undergraduates, including:

  • Summer research programs
  • Research journal clubs
  • Opportunities for student research presentations
  • Enrichment programs for underrepresented students
  • Research workshops
  • Scholarship awards

Studies show that participation in research greatly enhances the overall undergraduate experience in the following ways:

  • Increases retention
  • Promotes analytical/critical thinking/organizational skills
  • Sparks intellectual creativity and self-confidence
  • Develops persuasive communication and presentation skills
  • Helps students choose a field of study
  • Promotes graduate school enrollment