Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay! UROC engages students of all majors in undergraduate research 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.
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The Course Development Grant for Community Engaged Research, Scholarship, Creative Work is a pilot partnership between CSUMB's Service Learning Institute (SLI) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC). This grant opportunity is intended to support faculty members to develop new courses, or revise existing ones, to incorporate course-based research projects with a community engagement focus. The intent is to facilitate projects that engage creatively with real world issues int he classroom that expand and transform the research/teaching/learning environment and that generate research products that will be of use to communities.
Three grants of $1,500 each are awarded each year to facilitate projects that engage creatively with real-world issues in the classroom and that expand and transform the teaching/learning environment. Applicants are encouraged to use these grants as seed funding for larger projects and/or external grant applications.Apply Here!
Deadline is May 24, 2019 and March 15th annually thereafter
We are pleased to announce Kelly Medina-López and Shantel Martinez as the Spring 2019 recipients of the Community Engaged Research Grant. Kelly and Shantel are using this grant to support the development of a research and theory intensive experience that examines the US/Mexico borderlands. Central to this experience is a 10-day visit to the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. This research intensive experience will allow students to dive deep and cultivate nuanced understandings concerning trans border lives and narratives at the El Paso/ Juárez border. El Paso/Juárez provides a unique research opportunity as it is one of the largest and most militarized port of entries for the United States and Mexico border with 6.8 million pedestrians, 12.3 million personal vehicles, and 760,000 commercial vehicles crossing in 2015 (Department of Homeland Security). Given the rich and often contentious political history of the region, El Paso/ Juarez presents itself as a unique border site to conduct research, often not presented to Undergraduate students. Additionally, with Trump’s rhetoric of border security, the lives in El Paso/ Juárez are delicately contingent upon border crossing and trans migratory politics, culture, and bodies. The goals of this class is for CSUMB students who are interested in border narratives to immerse themselves in a transnational research experience in shared expertise with our colleagues at University Texas, El Paso and La Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.