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Undergraduate Research Week: Centennial Edition

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Undergraduate Research Week: Centennial Edition

Experience Undergraduate Research

The Centennial UCLA Undergraduate Research Week kicked off this week! At this campus wide event, over 1,000 talented undergraduates with direction from their award- winning faculty mentors will showcase their research experience to the community. This is a meaningful time when our students can thank and celebrate the generous donors- alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends- who ensure every UCLA undergraduate student has research opportunities.Your contribution, regardless of the size, matters not only to further research but to create opportunities for others— one experience, one student, one discovery at a time. Keep reading to learn more!

Photo Collage of Undergraduate Research Week

UCLA is known around the world for being a leader in research. In fact, among our faculty, alumni and researchers are 14 Nobel Prize winners, a Fields medalist and two Turing Award winners. UCLA faculty members don't just teach students about groundbreaking inventions and discoveries; students take part in the research, side-by-side with their professors. 

Undergraduate Research Week (URW) is an annual celebration of everything it means to be affiliated with a world-renowned research university such as UCLA. Open to all UCLA undergrads participating in research and creative projects, the week provides opportunities for students to present their own research findings and learn from peers about a variety of topics. Additionally, URW provides a way for UCLA departments, colleges, and programs to showcase student achievements to the campus and broader community.

Majors Represented

The Challenge

Over the last 12 years, the number of Bruins who contact the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) seeking scholarships, faculty mentorship, guidance from peers, academic assistance or career advice has grown significantly as more students enroll in research courses. 

However, the university resources which fund these undergraduate research and professional development endeavors has not grown at the same pace, which means that the URC is unable to provide funding to all of our high-quality applicants. 

Total Number of Awards vs. Average Award Amount

And because competition for traditional research dollars from grants and government funding are extremely competitive, philanthropic investments from donors are increasingly important. 

Why give to UCLA during Undergraduate Research Week?

UCLA students who conduct undergraduate research can explore and define their career path before graduation, allowing for them to adjust and pivot based on new interests or discovered strengths. 

student research testimonial

Undergraduate researchers gain a distinct advantage when applying to jobs or graduate school. With references from UCLA's world-renowned faculty mentors in hand, UCLA student researchers graduate with endorsements related to their intellectual abilities, practical skills, and academic potential. 

Participation in research or a creative activity can help students find their niche on a campus which can sometimes seem overwhelming. Relationships developed through trial, error, and sustained work together brings a lifelong sense of community to research groups, labs, and teams.



Our way
of Thanking You


Eight Clap!

Be a part of the Undergraduate Research Week celebratory Eight Clap! We will send you a video from URW dedicated to you and all donors of ANY AMOUNT!

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Long Live the URC's!

Your gift celebrates the 21 years since both Science and HASS URCs were created in 1998 by then Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Judith Smith.

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Estimated Delivery: July 2019


Centennial Bruin Researcher

You are a Bruin researcher and want to show the world. Not only will your donation of $25 earn you a 2019 Undergraduate Research Week t-shirt, but you'll also be named a Centennial Bruin Research Scholar. (a tax deductible gift of $21)

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Estimated Delivery: June 2019


Centennial Celebrations

UCLA researchers have accomplished so much in only 100 years. Join in on the Centennial celebrations by making a donation of $100 today. UCLA Undergraduates who give at this level will become members of the Chancellor's Student Circle.

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Estimated Delivery: July 2019


Centennial Author

Students look forward to sending you a personalized photo thank you card for helping cover their research poster costs.

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Centennial Trailblazer

As a person who leaves a path for others to follow, your gift creates awareness of students cost to present their research.

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Centennial Innovator

UCLA is unique in that it offers The Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences that promotes, develops and celebrates preparing students for careers in all areas.

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Centennial Visionary

Vice-Provost and Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences Patricia Turner would like to specially thank you for joining her Deans Circle in support of connecting student researchers with mentors.

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