» 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. 

OURCA Ambassadors at a Booth

Currently Accepting Applications

Students from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply! 

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.


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 activity 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 within 3 business days of receiving the email prompt. 


All applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview upon receiving their application. 

+ - Responsibilities

  • 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

+ - Benefits

  • 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

+ - Eligibility

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

OURCA Deadlines & Events

Spring 2018

SURF Information Session
Monday, February 12
 1-2 p.m.
  Argyros Forum 209A
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
Wednesday, April 4
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
AF 209C
Spring Scholarly & Creative Grant Application Deadline
Friday, April 13
4 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
Wednesday, April 25
1-2 p.m. 
AF 209A
Friday, May 4
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 9
Wednesday, May 9
Sandhu Conference Center