Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Open Research Opportunities

Finding a research opportunity that helps you refine your academic and career interests, develop your academic identity, and helps you make decisions about career goals requires effort and persistence.

To find open research opportunities, including virtual opportunities, start with opening an account with the Student Opportunity Center, the largest national database to search for opportunities that are right for you and your goals. Starting an account will also allow you find research opportunities within CSUMB and our local partners.

Beginning Fall 2020, open research opportunities at CSUMB will be found on the Student Opportunity Center (SOC). Think about SOC as the prime search engine for experiential learning. Aside from finding research opportunities within CSUMB, you'll also be to explore thousands of opportunities at the national level such as scholarships, grants and funding, fellowships, journals and publication opportunities, conferences, and much more!

This a free service to all CSUMB students. You are able to personalize it as much as you like in addition to keeping track of interest and any applications you may have started. Regardless of your reasons for using this platform, this is great resource for you and one you should not pass up.

Who is this for?

This is perfect for any student new to CSUMB looking for a research opportunity or any undergraduate level opportunity for that matter. However, not signing up for SOC will not prevent you from contacting faculty or PIs whom you are interested in working with. This is simply a platform that allows you to easily search which faculty or community members have open research opportunities.

If you are currently working on a research project, you are not required to go through SOC.

Signing Up

  • Step 1: Visit Student Opportunity Center and click on the Log In button on the top right corner.
  • Step 2: Click on the Sign Up button and complete the form. You must use your @csumb.edu email address.
  • Step 3: Check your email for an activation email from account@studentopportunitycenter.com titled "SOC Account Confirmation." Be sure to check your spam folder. Click on the Verify button to confirm your email address and activate your account.
  • Step 4: As soon as you activate your email, you'll have access to thousands of opportunities. Enter your discipline or major in the search bar to get started. You can also filter your results. NOTE: To access CSUMB opportunities, disable the "Include National Database" toggle.
  • Step 5: Contact the Faculty or PI of the research project to express interest. Be sure to visit our Professional Communications page for tips.
  • Step 6: Collaborate with your mentor to prepare your application to the UROC Researcher Program.
  • Step 7: Submit your UROC Researcher application by the next UROC Researcher application deadline.

Please contact UROC if you require assistance.