Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Research Rookies Program

The Research Rookies program is an opportunity for students with little or no research experience to learn what research looks like in their majors and on the CSUMB campus. This program is perfect for students at any level who are motivated to get involved in research but just don't know where to start!

Along the way, Rookies will be able to meet current UROCers doing research, talk to faculty about their experiences in research, explore what research looks like in your field, and much more. Participants can meet all the interesting requirements of the program at their own pace within the one semester time frame and according to their own interests.

What do I have to do?

There are nine required activities that you must complete in order to finish the program. There are many optional activities that you can complete as well if you would like some additional training and experience. Some examples of the activities you will complete are:

  • Meeting with current UROC researchers and scholars
  • Looking for research opportunities that interest you
  • Reading a research article
  • Participating in a Citizen Science project

Getting Started

Research Rookies is a self-paced, zero unit course taught on Canvas. Any current Canvas user can self-enroll in the program by following the link below. You will have one semester to complete the program.

Next Steps

Once you have signed up in the Canvas course you will need to complete all nine of the required activities. These activities are designed to introduce you to the world of Undergraduate Research, and connect you with other student researchers and CSUMB faculty. We also suggest that you also complete at least three of the optional activities. The optional activities are open to anyone, and you can complete them even if you do not plan to apply to other UROC programs. However, these activities are designed to help you dive a little deeper into undergraduate research.

After completing the nine required activities, make a UROC consultation to come speak with our staff about your next steps for getting involved in research and to receive your certificate of completion.

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