• The Student Community Center is home to the Undergraduate Research Center. Visit us on the second floor!

  • Speaker Series: Leading and Breaking Barriers in Research, Higher Education, and Industry

  • The UC Davis Undergraduate Research Journal: explorations.ucdavis.edu

  • Kristin Villanueva presents her research at the 25th Annual Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Conference


  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the UC Davis 28th Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference! Last year, over 700 undergraduates across all majors and disciplines presented poster presentations, oral presentations and art and creative activity exhibits!  To register to present and submit your abstract, please see our Conference page for more information and a link to the registration site.  
  • DON'T MISS: "Leading for Equity in Higher Education", a part of the Leading and Breaking Barriers in Research, Higher Education and Industry Speaker Series, Monday, March 5, 2018, MPR, Student Community Center.  UC Berkeley Professor and VC for Equity and Inclusion, Oscar Dubón, PhD, will share the mindset of "solving problems and innovating, but also taking into account who we're solving problems for and what is their role in articulating the problem and the solution."
  • View "No Longer Hidden Figures: Encouraging Diverse Mathematical Talent", by Talithia Williams, PhD, who has done significant outreach with the goal of "rebranding the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated but instead a logical, productive career path that is crucial to the future of the country."
  • View  "The Path is Made by Walking:  Diverse Paths to Science Fuel Creativity and Help Communities" by Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis, Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez who shares her non-traditional journey into research and how her love of family, community and diversity inspires her to do what she does.
  • DROP-IN ADVISING:How do you get involved in research? Get that question answered here at the URC. We will have drop-in advising hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  during Winter quarter.  To set an advising appointment Email Form to URC .
  • New workshops added! For a listing of workshops, information sessions, and other application deadlines, Click Here.

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The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) encourages and facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates in all majors and class levels. We offer awards and activities to support undergraduate research across the university. The URC promotes research as a high impact student experience to enhance readiness to succeed in future careers.  Explore our site to discover how to find an undergraduate research position and excel in the experience.

From scientific experiments to the scholarly analysis of literature, doing research is an ideal way to improve your future career prospects.  Hands-on experience can help you narrow your interests and identify your aptitudes. If you are sure of your goals, it can provide you with skills that will be valued by employers and allow you to interact more closely with faculty mentors. 

The Undergraduate Research Pathway