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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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Consultations full? Attend our drop-In consultations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-11:00am or 2:00pm-3:00pm.

UROC Host First Ever McNair Alumni Panel

On December 13, 2019, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) hosted the first ever McNair Alumni Panel where we welcomed seven former UROC McNair Scholars all currently in different stages of their doctoral studies.

After introductions, the questions quickly came. The panelist shared about their experiences at CSUMB, the challenges they encountered in graduate school and the strategies they developed to overcome them, and the moments that were instrumental to their success.

Following the panel, everyone enjoyed some wonderful conversation over dinner that allowed new Scholars to connect with the panelist and with current Scholars.

McNair Alumni Panelist
McNair Alumni Panelist share their graduate school experiences with new and current Scholars

Costa Rica Research Expedition Info Session is here!

The CSU-LSAMP Costa Rica Summer Research Training Expedition is a beginning research experience in which students learn the foundations of inquiry-based research, including experimental design, research methods, and analysis while exploring the spectacular ecosystems of Costa Rica. All student participants present their research at the end of the program before they Costa Rica and many have gone to present their independent research at national conferences as well.

All undergraduates, especially first and second year students and CSU Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) participants, are invited to apply.

Missed the 2019 info sessions? Make sure to join us for the info sessions happening at the start of the Spring semester.

Undergraduate Researchers pose during the 2019 Costa Rica Expedition Trip
Undergraduate Researchers pose at the 2019 Costa Rica Research Expedition

Fall Showcase 2019 Winners

CSUMB recently hosted the 5th Annual Fall Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creative Studies Activity Showcase. Ten students were selected from a pool of nearly 30 applicants to present their research followed by a brief question and answer period.

This year's presentations varied from studying the psychological effects between nature and spirituality to the employment of a novel computational approach to analyze language relationships specifically in the Native Northwest Coast. Research in marine science and sustainable hospitality were also among the presentations.

Congratulations to all the student presenters!

UROC students posing after the Fall Showcase event
UROC Student Presenters

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

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