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URC Commitment to Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) is committed to confronting racism and institutional oppression to create an equitable and inclusive community for students, staff, and faculty.  We honor and recognize that research, scholarship and creative activities are enhanced by contributions from individuals with various backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.
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'Unfold' Podcast Explores Curiosity-Driven Research in Season 3

"Unfold, a UC Davis podcast, is launching its third season.  Hosts Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin will bring you stories of awe, wonder and discovery as they explore curiosity-driven research at UC Davis." - Amy Quinton.  Read the full article at  

NCRC 2022 - Application for the 2022 National Collegiate Research Conference is Now Open

The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA)  extends an invitation to undergraduate students at UC Davis to attend the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) held on January 21-23, 2022. NCRC is a large-scale, multidisciplinary forum held annually at Harvard University, where the most accomplished undergraduate students from across the United States and internationally convene each year to share their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The core vision behind the conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world’s leading authorities in academia, policy, and industry, as well as to foster important exchanges and dialogue between students. You can find the application and further information on our website Deadline: December 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. (EST)

SAVE THE DATE:  NCUR 2022 - National Conference on Undergraduate Research will be virtual, April 4 -8 2022

The Council on Undergraduate Research has been working diligently on preparing an amazing, interactive, and meaningful experience for all students and mentors

  • NCUR will be providing programming spread out over a week's time that includes primary education taking place in learning discipline-specific cohorts. 
  • All accepted students, including those poster and visual art image submissions, will have the opportunity to present to a cohort group for 10-15 minutes.
  • This year, NCUR will take place on a new platform integrated with Zoom. 
  • A new addition this year is adding an opt-in competitive element for presentations. 
  • Registration options for family and friend's passes will be available.
  • Graduate Fair meet-up hours will be separate from presentation times to prevent conflicts. There will also be interactive game activities with prizes.

Early Bird Abstract Submissions Deadline:  October 20, 2021.  Find more registration and submission deadline information and conference details at: 

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Mira Milic (Courtesy of UC Davis Department of Chemistry 

Lowering the Barriers to Undergraduate Research

"College students are often told undergraduate research will give them an edge in the job market. But the steps involved in finding a project can seem daunting. UC Davis makes the process easier with courses that open doors to meaningful research for all students.

In these classes, called course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), faculty and students work together on original research. Because the classes are aimed at first-year students, both freshmen and transfers, the program also gives students time to capitalize on research that captures their interest. Nearly 50% of UC Davis undergraduates participate in faculty-mentored independent research and creative projects."

Read Full Article by Becky Oskin in the UC Davis College of Letters of and Science Blog.

Helping the Socially Disadvantaged - Undergraduate Rishi Sharma Makes the Most of Strauss Scholarship

"From his parent’s example, Sharma learned the value of leveraging science to help the community. Today, he’s tapping into his growing endocrinological expertise to expand the services of the Imani Clinic, a UC Davis student-run organization that serves the socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood of Oak Park in Sacramento. Thanks to a $15,000 award from the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation, Sharma will launch an endocrine clinic that operates within the Imani Clinic."
Read the Full Article by Greg Watry, College of Biological Sciences 

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Our Virtual “Travel” Award will reimburse registration costs (up to $250) for undergraduate students to attend virtual conferences, professional development events or workshops related to your research, scholarship and creative activities. Applications accepted on a rolling basis for Fall Quarter.   Our Travel Award will reimburse up to $500 of travel expenses for undergraduate students who are presenting at research conferences, meetings of regionally, nationally, or internationally recognized professional societies (or discipline specific equivalent-e.g. performance at nationally recognized festival) are eligible to apply.  Funds are disbursed through the department of the sponsoring Professor (UC Davis faculty). For more information: