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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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Summer 2020~ Virtual Research starts June 9th!

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Congratulations to our Graduating Undergrad Researchers!

We want to recognize the achievements of our UROC students and thank colleagues, friends, and families for their tremendous support. This year we are proud to celebrate the scholarly and creative activities of CSUMB undergraduates spanning a range of scholarly fields including Kinesiology, Psychology, Spanish Culture, Biology, Humanities and Communication, Marine Science, Mathematics and more. These students, whether participating as UROC Scholars (including McNair Scholars), Researchers, or Certificate earners, have demonstrated, via both internal and external measure, the powerful transformation that engagement in activities such as undergraduate research can bring out.

This work is not easy -- it takes tremendous effort, discipline, and passion, along with a supportive nurturing community. And though we could not celebrate you in person, we still want to take some time to recognize their accomplishments. As we say goodbye and offer congratulations to our graduating class, we look forward to hearing about their future adventures and achievements.

Take a moment and click on the images below to check out some graduation videos put together by a few of our students charting their UROC and CSUMB journeys, including a tribute from UROC staff.

UROC Students Take Home Honors at the CSU Student Research Competition

Two CSUMB students were selected as winners at the 34th Annual, first-ever virtual CSU Student Research Competition!

UROC Researcher Sarah Ricks took home 1st place in the Business, Economics, and Public Administration category with her presentation Social Media Use of Mothers from India: Empowering Mother's Spending on Children's Education.

UROC McNair Scholar Selina Espinoza took home 2nd place in the Health, Nutrition, & Clinical Sciences category with her presentation Cannabis Use and Perceptions Among Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders.

Congratulations to all the delegates who did such a fine job presenting and competing in this special online format. A special thank you to the research faculty mentors for their dedicated support.

Check out the full CSUMB story.

Picture of Jennifer Lovell (R), Selina Espinoza (M), and Sarah Ricks (R)
UROC Mentor Jennifer Lovell with Selina Espinoza (left picture) & Sarah Ricks (right picture)

UROC Students Selected as Goldwater Scholars

Two CSU Monterey Bay student researchers have been named 2020 Goldwater scholars. Nicholas Heyer and Samantha Miller, both undergraduates in the College of Science, were the only two recipients in the California State University (CSU) system this year.

"This is an incredible honor for our students and for our campus. Having two students from CSUMB receive prestigious Goldwater Awards is remarkable not only for the high level of academic achievement it represents, but also because they were the only students in the CSU system that received awards this year," said John "Buck" Banks, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) director and Goldwater campus representative.

Learn more about Nicholas and Sam's accomplishment on CSUMB's News Page.

Nicholas Heyer (left) & Samantha Miller (right)
Nicholas Heyer (left) & Samantha Miller (right)

Undergraduate Research Week is here!

Undergraduate Research Week, a national celebration for student researchers and an opportunity to share their work with the public, is here!

Historically, UROC would have offered various student- and faculty-led workshops and open houses allowing students the opportunity to gain new skills while networking with potential faculty. Though the Covid-19 may have hampered our face-to-face event, we still plan on hosting virtual workshops.

Please check our UGR Week page to learn more on what is happening this week!

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Learn about our various programs and funding opportunities:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

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