Undergraduate students pursuing the B.A. in Public Affairs and Luskin minors (Gerontology, Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Studies) are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research. Getting involved in research projects is a great way to gain practical skills and prepare for graduate school and your future career. Read the information below to learn more about the research opportunities available to undergraduate students at Luskin School of Public Affairs and UCLA.
To discuss how to incorporate research into your degree plan, schedule an appointment with a Luskin undergraduate counselor via MyUCLA Message Center.
For information on how to enroll in a research contract course, visit our Enrollment Procedures page here.
Research Opportunities for Public Affairs Majors
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center Overview
UCLA has two Undergraduate Research Centers (URC) that support and prepare undergraduate students who are interested in participating in research opportunities. Click the links below to learn more about the URC:
- Undergraduate Research Center (URC) for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
- Undergraduate Research Center (URC) for the Sciences
The primary mission of the Undergraduate Research Center is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate student research, with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students for careers in all areas.
Visit the Undergraduate Research Center website to learn about:
- getting started in research
- research courses, scholarships, and travel grants for undergraduate students
- Undergraduate Research Week
- the Aleph Research Journal for undergraduate research
Students can search for research opportunities in all disciplines through the Undergraduate Research Portal.
Public Affairs majors who are interested in participating in the Public Affairs Departmental Honors Program are highly encouraged to attend the Undergraduate Research Center’s Cornerstone Research Workshop Series.
The Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
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!