Undergraduate Research Center

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 (2023-24):

September 5 Fall Student Research Assistantship Program Application Due
September 21 ASP Fall Projects Application Due for Priority Funding
September 25 SCCUR 2023 Abstract Early Review Deadline 
October 9 SCCUR 2023 Abstract Final Deadline
October 17 ASP Fall Projects Application Due
November 10 SCCUR 2023 Registration Deadline
November 14 Science Scholars Application Due
November 18 SCCUR 2023 @ Cal State University, Fullerton
December 8 NCUR 2024 Abstract Submission Deadline
December 12 Winter Break Student Research Assistantship Program Application Due
December 12 ASP Spring Projects Application Due for Priority Funding
January 12 ASP Fall 2023 Projects Report Due
January 16 Spring Student Research Assistantship Program Application Due
January 16 NCUR ASP Conference Travel Applications Due
January 31 NCUR 2024 Early Bird Registration Deadline
February 1 Summer Research Program Fellowships Application Due
February 13 ASP Spring Projects Application Due
March 8 SRP 2024 Notifications emailed at 5 p.m.
March 19 Faculty Sponsored Research Supplemental Funding Application Due
March 19 Deadline for Identification of Faculty-sponsored Summer Research Program Participants
March 21 REAP and HJC Applications Due
April 8-10 NCUR 2024 in Long Beach
April 22 Final day for 2022-23 AY ASP Conference Travel applications
May 3 ASP Spring 2024 Project Reports Due
Application materials can be found and submitted on the URC’s Applications & Reports Portal on Moodle. All URC funding applications are due by 5:00 PM local time on the specified due date.
Contact Undergraduate Research Center

2nd floor, Old Wing, Room 253A