» Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA)

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA) is to support Chapman University's goal of providing personalized education by promoting and facilitating student-faculty mentored and collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Beyond the classroom, in every discipline, many students build their scholarly research and creative skills by participating in student-initiated research or creative activity and/or by assisting with faculty-initiated research or creative activity.

Involvement in research, scholarship, and creative activity at the undergraduate level has been demonstrated to as a high-impact educational practice with numerous benefits for students, including increased retention, graduation, and graduate school enrollment rates; improved critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills; intellectual independence and confidence; and enhanced understanding of research methodologies and practices within a given discipline.

OURCA programs help Chapman University’s ambitious students thrive and grow, and OURCA events highlight undergraduate achievements and encourage intellectual community.

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OURCA Deadlines & Events 2016-2017


Friday, April 14th,
4:00 pm

Poster Design and Presentation Workshop
April TBA

291/491/682 Early Enrollment Forms & Contracts Due
Monday, May 8th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, May 10th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm

SURF Program
June 5th – August 11th