Welcome to our resource page for faculty and other mentors of undergraduate students engaging in research and creative activities.  The URC recognizes the vital impact of mentorship on student experiences and success. We've gathered resources specifically for faculty and as well as articles, advice, tools, templates and information to support excellence in mentoring in general.  

URC resources for faculty:  

  • Engaging undergraduate students in research and discovery - faculty handout
  • In our UC Davis Faculty Handout, you will find the URC mission, Benefits to Faculty and the Role of the Undergraduate Researcher, URC Resources and Awards/Funding for Undergraduate Research, a summary of Sponsored Undergraduate Research Programs at UC Davis and 15 Reasons to Engage Undergraduate Students in Research and Discovery.
  • Don't cancel class!
  •  The Undergraduate Research Center would be pleased to present a seminar on "How to Get Involved in Research" to your classes. This lecture gives an overview of the importance of research experiences in career development and provides valuable tips on how to find and secure a research position. Please contact us at urc@ucdavis.edu to arrange for a URC representative to present to your class. Last minute requests can be considered if staff are available at the desired date/time.
  • Achieving broader impact
  • The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) is available to help you develop "broader impact" projects involving undergraduate research! We are available to provide support for projects that involve undergraduate research in a number of ways including providing feedback for your ideas, assisting in brainstorming new programs and serving as an administrative home for projects.
  • Letter of support for grant assistance
  • The URC is happy to discuss ideas and opportunities to obtain funding and support undergraduate research.  We are happy to provide a letter of support for NSF, NIH and/or other grant proposal submissions.

  •  Work study

  • Students eligible for work study can be employed as student assistants and are paid at a 75:25 split between work study and the laboratory.  This is an economical method to employ undergraduates to work in your lab.