Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters, and Science (MURALS) is a pre-graduate opportunity program designed to enrich the research experience of students situationally disadvantaged in their access to graduate school. Initiated in the spring of 1988, under the sponsorship of the Office of Student Affairs and the academic leadership of the College of Letters and Science, MURALS was initially established to address the needs of students who were majoring in programs within the humanities and the social sciences. Now MURALS includes students from all academic disciplines, including mathematics, the biological and physical sciences.

McNair Scholars Program

The UC Davis McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program funded by TRIO and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. About 20 UC Davis undergraduates and incoming transfer students are selected each year to participate in academic year and summer activities.

Undergraduate Research Conference

UC Davis undergraduates in all academic fields are invited to submit an abstract and registration information to participate in the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference. Research projects must have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty member or professional in the field. The conference is designed to acquaint undergraduates with the process and academic rigors of presenting research in a scholarly manner.

University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) 

The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), established in 1980, is an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging, securing, and contributing to binational and Latino research and collaborative academic programs and exchanges. Our main focus is to contribute substantially to improving binational scholarly understanding and providing positive contributions to society in both Mexico and the United States, particularly in the graduate and professional areas.