There are numerous sponsored research programs offered to undergraduate students at UC Davis. Most of these programs provide a combination of academic enrichment, advising, and the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of faculty mentors. Each of the programs defines its own eligibility criteria, often dependent upon the program's funding source. Use the menu to the left or scroll down to read more information about a specific program.  For a summary of sponsored undergraduate research programs in table format you can view or download the Sponsored Undergraduate Research Programs Information Matrix.

If you are affiliated with an undergraduate research opportunity that does not appear on this webpage and you would like to have your program included, or if as a program representative you would like changes or additions made to the webpage, please contact Tammy Hoyer, Undergraduate Research Center.

Sponsored Research Programs

Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP)

Students participate in a specially-designed rigorous academic program to enrich and support their first two years of coursework in life science majors. They can also begin to participate in research as early as the summer of freshman year.

Program Director: Dr. Connie Champagne
Program Coordinator: Heather Lawrence

(This program targets underrepresented and EOP eligible undergraduate students)

California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CAMP)

CAMP provides monetary support to undergraduate students in the form of research stipends for research conducted under the direction of a faculty member.

Program Director: Dr. Tim Lewis
Program Manager: Lolita Adkins

(This program targets undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math from the following ethnic backgrounds: African-American, Chicano-Latino, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Polynesian, and Micronesian)

The Edmondson Summer Internship Program at UCDHS

The 8-week Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program provides students with research opportunities under the guidance of Pathology faculty members.

Program Director:
Sharon Wahl, M.Ed., CLS, 
Partners in Education Program Director 
Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
U.C. Davis Health System
3740 Business Dr. 
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 734-0231

Mentorship for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters and Science (MURALS)

MURALS aims to encourage students to further their education beyond the baccalaureate by conducting research with faculty mentors and participating in program activities.

Program Director: TBA
Program Coordinator: Raynell Hamilton

(This program targets students who are financial aid eligible, first generation, reentry and/or students previously in outreach programs)

Mentorships for Undergraduate Research Participants in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences (MURPPS)

MURPPS pairs participants with faculty members to perform research. Participants also engage in academic seminars, preparatory courses, tutoring, special advising and local and national conferences.

Program Director: Dr. Richard Scalettar
Program Coordinator: Lolita Adkins

(This program targets underrepresented students in the mathematical and physical sciences)

McNair Scholars Program

Participants attend weekly academic seminars and GRE preparation during the academic year. During the summer, eligible participants engage in 8 weeks of research (minimum 30 hours) and 2 weeks of GRE preparation.

Program Director: Jose Ballesteros

(This program targets economically and educationally disadvantaged students planning on applying to Ph.D. programs)

Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF)

The Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship Program (PUF) supports undergraduate students conducting research or creative projects under the guidance of UC Davis faculty members.

Program Director: Dr. Annaliese Franz
Program Coordinator: Tammy Hoyer

UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)

Students who are enrolled in a University of California undergraduate degree program in the physical, life, or computer sciences; engineering; or mathematics will engage in 8 weeks of research during the summer for two summers, one summer on campus and one summer at a participating UC.

Program Coordinator: Lynne Arcangel

(This program targets sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, computer science and engineering)

Mentor-Mentee Program in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Research Training & Mentorship Program pairs graduate student mentors with second year undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences to introduce students to academic research and build research and analytical skills. This will prepare undergraduate students to approach and work with professors, or pursue an independent research project or honors thesis.

Program Coordinator: Tori White