Undergraduate Research Office CAL

Undergraduate Research Office CAL - UROCThe Undergraduate Research Office CAL (UROC) provides resources and supports practices that elevate CAL's position as a research-forward college, including when it comes to our bachelor's degree seekers.

Research shows that enabling research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) for undergraduates:

  • Enriches the student experience
  • Increases student retention and graduation rates
  • Supports workforce development in terms of both “soft skills” (communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork) and technical/professional skills
  • Increases students' social mobility after graduation
  • Enhances instructor job satisfaction and supports professional growth

Read Student Showcase Shines Light on Undergraduate Research in CAL.

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  • Division of Research & Innovation (DRI) - curated information on finding a mentor, student research funding, creating a conference presentation/poster, and more.

  • SDSU Student Symposium (S3) - formerly known as the Student Research Symposium (SRS), this annual two-day spring conference showcases SDSU student discovery, innovation, and creativity.  All undergraduates are encouraged to participate.

  • SDSU Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) - funds undergraduate participation in faculty-led research activities. Mentor-student matchmaking services are available for both students and faculty members.

  • SDSU IRB guidance on human subjects research - includes ethics training requirements (CITI/HRPP certification) and examples of projects or activities which typically do not need IRB review (and can be folded into the classroom experience with relative ease).
    SDSU Mentoring Program – This list of opportunities is maintained by Student Affairs.

For further information or connections

EJ Sobo, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Research
Arts and Letters, Room 411
[email protected]

Follow us on Instagram: @uroc_sdsu

Student Success Center

Arts and Letters, Room 172
[email protected]

Students can also contact their major’s undergraduate adviser.