» Become An OURCA Ambassador

OURCA Ambassadors are a group of highly-motivated students who have a passion for research and/or creative activities. They serve as liaisons for OURCA at various events, discussing and highlighting all OURCA has to offer with faculty, students, and more. 

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Deadline to apply is Friday, April 21st @ 4:00 pm

Learn more at the OURCA Ambassador Information Session

Thursday, April 13 @ 3:00  AF209A

Students from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply!

OURCA Ambassadors will be responsible for:

  • Giving presentations to Freshman Interest Groups, classes, and student organizations about getting involved in undergraduate research and taking advantage of OURCA’s funding and programming opportunities.
  • Representing CU and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at various campus functions, events, and panels.
  • Represent and help in OURCA events; e.g. CUSRD, Faculty Research Expo, Workshop and Information Sessions, Lunch with a Professor.
  • Monthly meetings.

Participation as an OURCA Ambassador includes benefits such as:

  • Make an impact on the educational experience of your peers and make a difference for future undergraduate researchers. 
  • Gain outreach and leadership experience for personal growth and résumé/CV building.
  • Opportunity to interact and network with students, faculty, and academic professionals.
  •  An opportunity for a great recommendation letter.

OURCA Ambassadors will be selected on the basis of their application and an interview. In addition to enthusiasm and strong communication skills, we are looking for a diversity of majors including the fine and performing arts, humanities, and social sciences. Once selected, ambassadors will receive training.


Applications are open to all undergraduates in all disciplines.  Must have successfully completed at least one semester of a 291/491 Student/Faculty Independent Research or Creative Activity course or OURCA SURF fellowship. Comfortable with puyblic speaking. Commit at least 20 hours a semester to the program.

Short answer questions (limit 650 characters, approximately 100 words):

1. Why would you be a great OURCA Ambassador?

2. What would you tell a student considering doing research/creative activity about your research/creative activty experience?

Required document from Faculty Mentor - All Applicants:

Letter of Support from faculty mentor endorsing the student's experience in research/creative activity, enthusiasm for learning, work ethic, and leadership skills. Faculty will receive an email prompting submission of the letter of support. Faculty must upload required letter of support by Noon (12:00 pm) Wedbnesday, April 26.


All applicants will be contacted once finalists have been chosen. OURCA will be conbducting interviews the week of May 3-10.

OURCA Deadlines & Events 
Spring 2017

Monday, May 8th
Wednesday, May 10th
Sandhu Conference Center
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
June 5th - July 28th