Updated October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force Recommendations for Students in Labs: The following rules apply to those undergraduates being proposed for lab work under a faculty Research Operation Plan (ROP). It does not apply to students who need to be in labs to complete lab work that is essential to finishing their degree (an explicit degree requirement (e.g. a capstone project) that cannot be completed remotely or delayed and would prevent a student from graduating).

  1. No new students will be allowed to begin on-site research either for credit or as an employee.
  2. No new volunteers.
  3. Undergraduates who are included on an already approved ROP and perform essential work on a faculty member’s research that cannot be done remotely, are permitted as part of the essential workforce research or as an approved member of a COVID-19 research team listed on an approved current ROP.
  4. Students with prior research experience who are not included in an already approved ROP are not permitted to return to the lab for on-site work at this time.

Click here to learn more about research ramp-up.

URC-Sciences’ Update: Our staff are working remotely until March 2021. You can contact us by email or the MyUCLA Message Center (contact info below).  Our normal business hours will remain Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Click here to learn more info about our virtual support and resources for students and faculty.


The Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences serves current UCLA undergraduates and faculty in all areas of the life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Our primary mission is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate student research with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, for academic and research careers. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about our programs and services. We look forward to meeting you!


Conducting research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to gain experiences and skills that will benefit you both academically and professionally, preparing you for graduate school and a wide variety of careers.

Participating in undergraduate research lets you:

  • Work one-on-one with faculty,
  • Participate in cutting-edge research projects with far-reaching impacts,
  • Make significant contributions to a field you care about, and
  • Enhance your competitiveness for high-level employment and admission to graduate and professional schools.


Our primary mission is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate student research, with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students for careers in all areas.

Through experiencing the processes of scholarly discovery and the dissemination of their results, students become fully engaged members of the research community.




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