» Become A Student Scholar Ambassador

Student Scholar Ambassadors (formerly OURCA Ambassadors) are a group of highly-motivated students who have a passion for research and/or creative activities. They serve as liaisons for the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at various events, discussing and highlighting all our office has to offer with faculty, students, and more. 

Ambassador Information Open Hours

Interested in becoming a Student Scholar Ambassador?

Meet with one of our current Ambassadors to learn more about the program and the application process during these open-hours:

Monday, April 23

Smith Hall 101C – 12:00-2:00p.m. 

Starbucks Patio – 4:00-5:00p.m.

Tuesday, April 24

Smith Hall 101C – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 26

Smith Hall 101C – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


OURCA Ambassadors at a Booth

Currently Accepting Applications

Students from ALL MAJORS are encouraged to apply! 

Student Scholar 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. 

+ - Application

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 the Center for Undergraduate Excellence'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 our 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  SURF fellowship
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Able to commit at least 20 hours a semester to the program.

Contact Us

(714) 628-2889
Smith Hall 101B

Mailing Address:

Center for Undergraduate Excellence
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Deadlines & Events

Spring 2018

Friday, April 13
4 p.m.
Sunday, April 15
Monday, April 23 
1-3 p.m.
AF 209A
Wednesday, April 25
1-2 p.m. 
AF 209A
Thursday, April 26
1-3 p.m.
AF 209A
Tuesday, May 1
3-5 p.m.
AF 209C
Friday, May 4
Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 9
12-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9
Sandhu Conference Center
Poster Session 1: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Poster Session 2: 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22
AF 209A
 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 6-July 28