Undergraduate Research Consortium

Undergraduate Research Consortium


The Undergraduate Research Consortium at UC Santa Barbara is the partnership of initiatives, units, and offices on campus that are dedicated to advancing undergraduate research.


Research Support

Academic Research Consortium (ARC)

Outline: 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 in Southern California who can benefit from additional academic support and career development.

For more Information:  https://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/academic-research-consortium

Contact:  Walter Boggan, Director of Admissions, Outreach and Diversity - Graduate Division summerprogramsummerprogram@graddiv.ucsb.edu



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: Contact: Karen van Gool, Assistant Director, Outreach - Graduate Division summerprogramsummerprogram@graddiv.ucsb.edu


Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

URCA was developed as a resource at UCSB to introduce and guide undergraduate students through the research process from A to Z. For example, URCA's peer mentors can help students identify research opportunities and draft the perfect email to reach out to faculty, and the office hosts workshops throughout the year. URCA's Faculty Research Assistance Program is a directory of faculty from across the university who are looking for undergraduate research assistants. URCA offers different grant programs to help students fund their research projects. At the end of the academic year, students can present their results at URCA Week and publish papers in the URCA Journal, in addition to regular programming throughout the year.

Website: urca.ucsb.edu

Join us on Shoreline: https://shoreline.ucsb.edu/URCA/club_signup

CONTACT: The URCA peers, Kat and Paola, can be reached at urca.peers@ltsc.ucsb.edu

You can also reach out to the Program Director Anita if you have any questions at anita@ucsb.edu or schedule a meeting using the link at https://urca.ucsb.edu/people/anita-stahl


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

Email: cbsr-assistant@ucsb.edu


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:

Dr. Samantha Davis sldavis@ucsb.edu


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, pak@ucsb.edu

Dr. Julie Standish, Research Intern Coordinator, standish@ucsb.edu


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, standish@ucsb.edu


Partners and Affiliates

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. 


Websites: PS- https://promisescholars.sa.ucsb.edu/   

Contact: Holly Roose, PhD

               Program Director




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: https://ondas.ucsb.edu/ and check out the First-Generation College Student page at: https://firstgen.ucsb.edu/.

According to the First-Generation UCSB page, a first-generation college student is defined as: “...college 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.

Website: https://ondas.ucsb.edu/

Email: ondas@ltsc.ucsb.edu
Social Media: 

Instagram: @ondas.ucsb

TikTok: @ondas.ucsb

YouTube: ONDAS Student Center
Facebook: ONDAS Student Center


McNair Scholars Program

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.

Web: https://mcnair.ucsb.edu
Email contact: mcnair@mcnair.ucsb.edu
Social Media: McNair @ Facebook
Social Media: McNair @ Instagram