Undergraduate Research

The other half of a great education

UC Santa Barbara is renowned as a research university, and the College’s undergraduates are as much a part of the research community as the faculty and graduate students.

Duc Trong Duong, one of the winners of the 2010 Chencellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, with his adviser, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Photo by Jan Adelson.

Duc Trong Duong, one of the winners of the 2010 Chancellor’s
Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, with his adviser,
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Associate Professor of Chemistry.
Photo by Jan Adelson.

Research offers undergraduates the opportunity to delve deeper into any subject, whether in a science lab, at the library, in the field gathering data or interviewing subjects, or even by making a film. Research opportunities often begin with a student's direct contact with a faculty member: a student may approach a faculty member because of an interest in his/her research field, or outstanding students may be invited by faculty to join their research groups (especially in the sciences).

For current undergraduate research opportunities, please see the Undergraduate Education Research Opportunities page.