Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay is a cross-campus center that engages students in undergraduate research. UROC works to build students’ educational ownership, intellectual vibrancy, and scholarly identity. We achieve this through mentored undergraduate research; rigorous, authentic, and calibrated scholarly activities; and the development of social capital.

Applications for the Spring 2018 UROC Researcher programs are now open!

The UROC Researcher program provides opportunities for CSUMB students to be financially supported as they work on relevant and innovative mentored research projects at CSUMB and at regional research institutions.


Robert Castro, UROC Scholar and Biology major, presented Saturday night to a crowd of community donors at the CSUMB 20th Annual Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction sharing how the Have a Heart Scholarship helped shape his desire to pursue a Ph.D in epidemiology, with a focus on infectious disease. Read more about Robert and his research on his ePortfolio.

Robert Castro, guest Kaylie Low and Community Leader Leslie Taylor

Left to Right: Robert Castro, Speaker; Leslie Taylor, Have a Heart Planning Committee Chair; Kaylie Low, CSUMB Environmental Studies major.

Robert Castro a UROC scholar presents at the Have a Heart Dinner

Robert shares the impact of the Have a Heart Scholarship.

Lunch & Learns

The OC3 presents our new monthly series-- Lunch and Learn! Come and join our noontime discussion that will introduce you to campus resources and conversations. Featuring panels, speakers, and workshops, all lunches are FREE and will get you connected with invaluable insight for your time at CSUMB and beyond.

Summer 2017 Research Symposium

The Summer Research Symposium has become a key mark to the end of the summer at CSUMB. The 2017 Summer Research Symposium grew once again, taking up all three floors of the Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library! . The symposium was a collaboration between UROC, the Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experience for Undergraduates program, the Naval Post Graduate School, and Hartnell Community College.

Four CSUMB Undergraduate Researchers receive distinction as Sally Casanova Scholars as part of CSU Pre Doc Program

Four CSUMB UROC students were selected as Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. The three UROC Scholars and one UROC Researcher, whose research interested include human sexuality, medicine and epidemiology, environmental stress on marine populations and forensic anthropology, will each receive $3,000 in support of pre-doctoral activities.

UROC Alum awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology

Kevin Johnson, UROC Scholar, (2012) was recently awarded a $138,000 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology for fiscal year 2017, in competitive area #1, Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology.

UROC Students Receive Prestigious National Awards

Several UROC students have been recognized in highly prestigious national scholarship competitions this month. UROC would like to thank the Faculty Mentors and UROC Staff for their support of these UROC Scholars; please join in extending hearty congratulations to this year's honorees!

2017 CSU Student Research Competition

The CSU Student Research Competition is held each spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the 23 CSU campuses. CSUMB delegates won two first place awards in their respective sessions!

UROC Welcomes New Cohort of Scholars!

Fourteen new UROC Scholars will start their journey of research and scholarship over winter break!

Fall Showcase 2016

Three UROC students swept the Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Showcase on November 30th.

UROC Scholar wins honorable mention at Western Society of Naturalists

UROC had quite the showing at the Western Society of Naturalists Conference. We had six poster and four oral presentations from both UROC Scholars and Researchers. UROC Scholar, Madison Heard, won honorable mention for the Rafe Sagarin Award for Observational Ecology. Congrats Madison!

UROC Publishes on Maximizing Eportfolios

If you are looking for some tips on how to incorporate eportfolios into your curriculum, or want to see what UROC has been up to- we suggest you take a look at this new article!

Rosa Garza wraps up her summer research sponsored by the Chevron Scholarship

Rosa was part of a team at USC, who's efforts were part of a global research contest (the Kaggle competition) that focused on using computer code to model nerve structures in the neck to help surgical patients with pain management.

UROC in the news! "Beyond Gaming: Taking Augmented Reality to the Next Level"

UROC Mentor, Dr. Krzysztof Pietroszek's virtual reality lab was highlighted in last week's CSU News. The article highlights the innovative work CSUMB students (and UROC Researchers) are conducting using virtual reality techniques.

McNair Scholars Program: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Information Session

Please join us for a panel featuring McNair faculty mentors, current McNair Scholars, and McNair Scholars Alumni. They will be discussing their experiences with research and what students should expect.

Ready to reach out to UROC?

  • Use the links above to learn more about our programs.
  • If you would like to speak to someone about UROC's various programs and how to get connected to research opportunities, set up a 30-minute UROC Consultation with a UROC staff member.
  • To set up a UROC Consultation sign in to InSight via your dashboard and make an advising appointment with UROC.
Make a UROC Consultation!

Contact UROC

(831) 582-4241


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Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library

Suite 2150 Second floor