Whether your intellectual curiosity brings you into the library or the laboratory, across town or across the ocean, the URC provides resources to support your research, scholarship, and creative work.

Undergraduate research is a hallmark of an Occidental education. The Undergraduate Research Center supports equitable and inclusive programs that foster students’ intellectual curiosity, autonomy, and responsibility, and that facilitate close faculty-student mentoring relationships.

Student Resources

Students interested in off-campus research fellowships and opportunities should consult the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Student Resource Center, the National Science Foundation’s search for an REU Site, and contact urc@oxy.edu.

Faculty Resources

The URC also supports faculty mentoring through professional development opportunities, and supports faculty research and creative activity through the Student Research Assistantship program and with supplemental student funding for Faculty Sponsored Research.

Watch this video to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Center’s flagship program: the annual Summer Research Program.

Calendar of important dates and deadlines (2021-22):

September 3 Fall Student Research Assistantship Program Application Due
September 17 Faculty Learning Community Application Due
September 24 ASP Fall Projects Application Due for Priority Funding
October 22 ASP Fall Projects Application Due
November 15 Science Scholars Application Due
December 13 ASP Spring Projects Application Due for Priority Funding
January 7 Spring Student Research Assistantship Program Application Due
January 31 Summer Research Program Fellowships Application Due
February 11 ASP Spring Projects Application Due
February 25 Faculty Sponsored Research Supplemental Funding Application Due
March 15 Deadline for Identification of Faculty-sponsored Summer Research Program Participants
May 31 - August 5 Summer Research Program

Application materials can be found and submitted on the URC’s Applications & Reports Portal on Moodle.