The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity

The CSUDH Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) was founded in the Fall of 2013 to create and support a campus environment in which undergraduates have opportunities to participate in research, scholarship, and creative activities that increase their engagement with their major, their discipline, and their future profession.

Educational research consistently shows that students in all academic fields benefit greatly by guided engagement in the research activities of their field (Gergerman, 20091).

URSCA sponsors four programs:

  1. The Faculty Scholars Program awards faculty with a proven track record of involvement with undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity three WTU reassigned time per semester. This program supports faculty who are engaged in research with undergraduate students by granting them the most valuable commodity they can receive: time they need to conduct their research work. As of Fall 2014, ten Faculty Scholars are being supported.
  2. The Student Research Fellows Program awards monetary support to promising undergraduate students who pursue research projects under the guidance of one or more faculty members within their academic field. This stipend is intended to allow the each Student Research Fellow to devote a considerable amount of time to pursuing a particular project of research, scholarship, or creative activity. Applicants are selected on the basis of two major criteria: the intellectual value of the proposed project, and the student’s demonstrated potential for success in completing the project. This program will support sixteen student researchers each semester.
  3. Student Research Day provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate scholars to share their research or creative projects within a supportive community of peers and faculty. Students, under the guidance of faculty mentors, prepare and present original projects during a daylong celebration of our shared intellectual community, and the top ten presentations each year go on to be given at the statewide California State University Student Research Competition. Student Research Day has continued to grow since its inception in 2005 and has become a high quality showcase for students’ research in the sciences, humanities, and creative arts.
  4. The CSUDH Research Journal is an opportunity for Dominguez Hills students in all majors to publish their research and scholarship online. Student editors within each academic major will select the best submissions from their peers for inclusion. The journal will be up and running at the end of the Spring Semester 2015.

In addition to these four major programs, URSCA sponsors symposia, meetings, and to promote and assist undergraduate student researchers and the faculty members who mentor them.