Research Associate Program

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What We Do

Funded by the University of California Office of the President, the SLC Research Associate Program seeks to demystify the research process and acclimate students to the rigor and practice of research at Cal. Selected participants acquire the tools to produce an original research project from start to finish and receive both a stipend and individualized academic support for their work. We began the program with our Freshman and Sophomore Series and are thrilled to be offering our Junior Transfer Series for Summer 2020.

Our Philosophy

Over the past two decades, undergraduate research has continued to gain recognition as an essential pathway to academic and lifelong success. From promoting academic engagement to cultivating a sense of belonging, undergraduate research provides students not only with the tools to succeed academically, but also with the connections, confidence, and skills necessary to thrive beyond their undergraduate years. Our Research Associate Program complements the many other undergraduate research opportunities available on campus by leveraging the resources of the SLC to offer highly structured mentorship and rigorous academic writing support to students who are especially new to the research process. By tailoring our support toward low-income and first generation student populations, we seek to improve equity of access to independent research opportunities for all aspiring student researchers.