» 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

Scholarly/Creative Grant
Now accepting applications
Deadline: November 15th, 2016 4:00 pm

Grant Proposal Workshop
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
AF 209C

Faculty Research Expo
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
4-6 pm

Lunch With a Professor
TBA

Poster Workshop
TBA

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 pm
TBA

SURF Program
June 6th – August 12th, 2016