» 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 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    

Spring 2018

SURF Information Session
February 
TBA 
  
SURF Application Deadline
Friday, March 2
4 p.m.
  
Lunch with a Professor Week
 April 2 - April 6
Randall Dining Commons
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Meal Voucher Required 
  
Grant Proposal Workshop
March 
TBA 
  
Spring Scholarly & Creative Grant Application Deadline
Friday, April 13
4 p.m.
  
April 
TBA 
    
Friday, May 4
      
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 9
TBA
      
Wednesday, May 9
Sandhu Conference Center
TBA