Getting involved in research projects is a great way to gain practical skills and prepare for graduate school and your future career. See the resources below for the many opportunities to participate in research projects on campus and within the Luskin School.

Luskin Resources

  • Luskin Faculty

    Learn more about the Public Affairs faculty and consider contacting them to explore the availability of undergraduate research opportunities, through a paid or volunteer position, or a course such as PUB AFF 199.

  • Student Research Program (SRP)

    PUB AFF 99 (1 to 2 units) is entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. See below, in the Undergraduate Research Center Resources section, for more information. This course may be repeated and must be taken P/NP.

  • Research Apprenticeship in Public Affairs

    PUB AFF 196 (2 to 4 units) is supervised research or investigation under the guidance of a faculty mentor, on a project that is usually defined by the faculty mentor. This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. The course is limited to juniors and seniors and is offered P/NP only.

  • Honors Research in Public Affairs

    PUB AFF 198 (4 units) is for students who wish to complete an original research thesis, driven by student-defined interests and independent work. PA 198 is applied towards the Public Affairs Departmental Honors Program. Students must meet the Public Affairs Departmental Honors Program eligibility requirements and apply to the program in Spring of the Junior year.

  • Directed Research or Senior Project in Public Affairs

    PUB AFF 199 (2 to 6 units) is supervised individual research or investigation under the guidance of faculty mentor. A culminating paper or project is required. This course is offered every quarter and must be arranged by the student via an individual contract. The course is limited to juniors and seniors and can be taken P/NP or for a letter grade.

  • Luskin Research Centers

            

         

Undergraduate Research Center Resources

The Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences serves all students in humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. Search for research opportunities in all disciplines through the Undergraduate Research Portal:

  • Search for research opportunities both on and off campus
  • Create a profile that faculty can find when looking for student researchers

Undergraduate Research Week!

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PORTAL
Find research opportunities here

STUDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM
SRP 99 is a quarterly research course

MELLON MAYS UG FELLOWSHIP
2-year program for those interested in a PhD

MCNAIR RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
2-year program for those interested in a PhD

UG RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
URSP supports upper division, individual research

UG RESEARCH FELLOWS PROGRAM
URFP supports entry-level research

ALEPH: UG RESEARCH JOURNAL
UCLA’s only official journal publishing UG research

TRAVEL GRANTS
for students who are accepted to present a poster or paper