The Undergraduate Summer Research Program provides funding and resources to support undergraduates who are interested in any research projects or scholarly activities related to their field. The ten-week program begins the last week of June and includes a series of workshops designed to develop students’ research and presentation skills and help them prepare for graduate school. The Summer Research Program culminates in an undergraduate research conference where students will present their findings.
The role of the faculty in the summer program is crucial. Each faculty member will mentor between two and three students. Any full-time, or faculty from any department welcome to apply. Part-time, non-lecturer faculty may serve as collaborators on the research project.
If awarded, faculty will receive a stipend of $5,000. Faculty involved in the program are asked to limit their summer session teaching to one course during the program to adequately mentor the students. Faculty members are also expected to meet with the students regularly each week.
All undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Each student is required to devote 20 hours a week working on his/her project or creative activities and participating in OSR activities. Students will earn $14.00 an hour.
Please note: Since the summer session is shorter this year, the program will only be 6 weeks instead of the usual 10 weeks. Faculty are eligible to have students start prior to the summer session for up to four weeks to conduct work consistent with the program goals or complete preparatory activities. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to determine start dates for your students.
The following submission guidelines should be followed:
- Applications open: November 16th, 2020
- Applications are due by February 16th, 2021 by 11:59 PM.
- Application and proposal submission must be submitted online through the InfoReady.
- The research proposal should be no longer than four pages.
- All supporting documentation should be submitted at the time of the application submission.
- Please note, if you have received an OSR grant before, please be aware that preference will be given to new applicants unless funding permits for additional awardees. Applications with only one or more than three students will be disqualified.
- Please review the USRP application guidelines before submitting your application.
Must have research or creative project listed on the OSR's Research and Creative Activities Database to be considered. Please SUBMIT HERE.
Congratulations to this year's recipients!
College of Arts and Letters
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ed Gomez
Students: Paul Garcia, Ryan Clark, and Melora Garcia
Project Title: CALAFIA: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise
College of Business and Public Administration
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marc Fudge
Students: Shimese Peresuh and Matthew Cyr
Project Title: The Impact of Eliminating RDAs on the Socioeconomic Condition of California Residents
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexandru Roman
Students: Yajhaira Castillo and Rachel Krowel
Project Title: Examining Organizational Social Responsibility
College of Education
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Acevedo-Gil
Students: Hector Garcia, Yesenia Casas, and Edit Cebreros
Project Title: From Aspirations to Expectations: Parents and Students Developing a Critical College Consciousness before Middle School
College of Natural Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Mallari
Students: Jeffrey Chance and Nikolay Maslov
Project Title: Development and Optimization of Selective Click Chemistry Probes to Investigate the Function of Falcilysin, an Essential Malarial Protease
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tomasz Owerkowicz
Students: Jonathan Arnette, Sarah Handy, and Maria Ceja
Project Title: Every Breath You Take
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura Newcomb
Students: Cinthia Gazca, Cory Atkins, and Joscelyn Berumen
Project Title: Characterize NP interaction domains as Antiviral Targets
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Nickerson
Students: Ariel Lin, Beatriz Delgado, Adriana Mora, and Chau Vuong
Project Title: Obese Yeast: Genetic, Biochemical and Microscopic Investigation of How a Hyperactive Signal Protein at Endosomes Disrupts Regulation of Lipid Metabolism
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yvette Saavedra
Students: Sara Ledesma and Sofia Benitez
Project Title: Living la Mala Vida: Transgressive Femininities, Morality, and Nationalism in Mexican Los Angeles, 1810-1850
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan Keating
Students: Lixsaden Felix and Natassja Martin
Project Title: Southern California's Civil War Veterans, 1865- 1930
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Isabel Huacuja
Students: Danny Cervantes and Jacquelyne Anton
Project Title: The Noise Complaint and the Politics of Sound: A Case Study in Southern California