Undergraduate Research & Mentoring

CLRC intern and research apprentice, Alma Villa, receives the 2016 Weiss Family Scholarship from Sheldon Kamieniecki, Dean of the Social Sciences Division. Photo by Melissa De Witte.

The RCA promotes undergraduate research at UC Santa Cruz via our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) and Undergraduate Research and Professional Development Award.  We also participate in our campus' Professional Career Development Program.  

New Opportunity:

We are now accepting undergraduate studnet applications for our new Human Rights Investigations Lab for the Americas, Due May 3, 2019. Click here for full details. 

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program
Established in 2000, URAP seeks to inspire promising and driven undergraduates to pursue graduate and professional studies.  At the same time, it bolsters faculty and graduate student research.  Apprentices gain hands-on research experience by working closely with the sponsoring faculty and RCA Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) on a project related to Chicano, Latino, Latin American, migration and/or human rights studies, while the sponsoring faculty and GSR receive research support. In addition to earning 2 units and learning about the research process, apprentices receive professional guidance and build skills necessary for academic and professional success.  Prospective apprentices must be in good academic standing and apply or be invited to take part in URAP. If accepted, they must enroll in LALS 199F for 2 units and on a P/NP basis. 

UC Santa Cruz faculty working in the areas of Chicano, Latino, Latin American, migration and/or human rights studies who are interested in mentoring apprentices and having apprentices assist with research via URAP should contact the RCA at rca@ucsc.edu, preferably at least two quarters in advance.  

Undergraduate Research and Professional Development Award
The RCA director maintains a modest fund that supports exceptional UC Santa Cruz undergraduates actively working in Chicano, Latino, Latin American, migration and/or human rights studies. Recipients may use the award for travel for research or to present work at a professional meeting. To apply, students must demonstrate that Chicano, Latino, Latin American, migration and/or human rights studies is a primary field of their research and they must be in good academic standing in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences Divisions.  In addition to submitting a one-page application letter and itemized budget to the RCA director, applicants must be recommended by a RCA Steering Committee member. Awardees must submit a one-page report to the RCA no more than four weeks after spending the funds and are expected to acknowledge the RCA's support in any publications related to the sponsored research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and pending funding. 

UC Santa Cruz undergraduates interested in additional research and professional development opportunities should consult Undergraduate Research Opportunities, the Undergraduate Honors Program, and the Career Center, particularly its Professional Career and Development Program.   

Tip Sheet for Endorsement Letter Writers

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