» 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 to 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

Scholarly/Creative Grant
Now accepting applications
Deadline: April 15th, 2016 4:00 pm

Grant Proposal Workshop
Monday, April 4th, 2016
1:30 – 2:30 pm
AF 209C
Lunch With a Professor
April 11th – 15th, 2016
Poster Workshop
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
2-3 pm
AF 209C
CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Session I: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Session II: 2 - 4 pm
Sandhu Conference Center 
CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
12:00 – 1:00 pm
BK404

SURF Program
June 6th – August 12th, 2016