Campus Resource: Undergraduate Research

eSlug Newsletter Winter 2015

In a chemistry lab, a graduate student, right, and an undergraduate purify a dye using column chromatography. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

In a chemistry lab, a graduate student, right, and an undergraduate purify a dye using column chromatography. Photo by Jim MacKenzie.

 

Fourth installment in a series of articles on campus resources at UC Santa Cruz. Brought to you by eSlug!

One of the most exciting opportunities that UC Santa Cruz students have is the many avenues available for undergraduate research. As a research university, UCSC is able to offer many undergraduate research opportunities, which enable students to engage with professors' research work in meaningful and diverse ways.

An excellent resource for students who are motivated to pursue undergraduate research is the Undergraduate Research Opportunities web site, which is overseen by Undergraduate Research Coordinator Rebecca Anderson, Ph.D. As you can see from the web site, undergraduate research is definitely not limited to the sciences!

Undergraduate researchers at UCSC can:

  • Receive financial support or academic credit
  • Enhance their academic skills
  • Build their resumés and make connections with companies and schools
  • Explore careers
  • Contribute to the important research being conducted on campus and elsewhere

Dr. Anderson believes strongly in the benefits of undergraduate research for students. "Participating in undergraduate research gives students the opportunity to become active participants in their own education and work closely with professors who are expanding the boundaries of knowledge," she said.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities web site contains a wealth of resources, including a database of both on-campus and off-campus opportunities, calendars of events and deadlines, separate sections for the four academic divisions and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, links to academic support programs, and advice and information. The web site also supplies detailed information on getting involved in a lab or research group, including specific guidance on e-mailing professors.

Researchers in UCSC's Linguistics Department make news for their work in both theoretical and experimental programs. Photo by Elena Zhukova.

Researchers in UCSC's Linguistics Department make news for their work in both theoretical and experimental programs. Photo by Elena Zhukova.

Dr. Anderson has regular office hours as well as an e-mail update service that students can sign up for. For further information, we recommend that you browse through the site at https://ugr.ue.ucsc.edu/.

See recent news involving undergraduate research at UCSC:

Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 17 student research projects

UC Santa Cruz hosts conference for undergraduate women in physics

Students garner awards at national biomedical conference

UC Santa Cruz undergrads earn bronze medal in bioengineering competition

UC Santa Cruz student researchers recognized at national conference

Geek chic: big brains and great camaraderie in Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz's supercomputer lab for undergrads