» 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 2016-2017

FALL 2016

Lunch With a Professor
October 3rd-7th

Grant Proposal Workshop
Thursday, October 27th 
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
AF 209C

Faculty Research Expo
Wednesday, November 9th
4:00-6:00 pm
BK 404
Friday, November 11th,
4:00 pm

Poster Design and Presentation Workshop
Monday, November 14
2:00 pm-3:00 pm 
AF 209C

291/491/682 Early Enrollment Forms & Contracts Due
Monday, December 5th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, December 7th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, December 7th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
BK404

 

SPRING 2017

SURF Application Deadline
Wednesday, March 1st

Grant Proposal Workshop
March TBA

Lunch with a Professor Week/
National Undergraduate Research Week
April 3rd-7th

Scholarly/Creative Grant
Deadline:
Friday, April 14th,
4:00 pm

Poster Design and Presentation Workshop
April TBA

291/491/682 Early Enrollment Forms & Contracts Due
Monday, May 8th

CU Student Research Day
Wednesday, May 10th
Times TBA
Sandhu Conference Center

CUSRD Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 10th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
BK404

SURF Program
June 5th – August 11th