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Research programs and units

Undergraduates participate in world-class research, both creative and scientific, at UC Santa Cruz. Students get both academic experience and career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.

Research activities range from small groups within departments to large units with connections outside UC Santa Cruz.

What are you interested in? Find your activity or research group and get started. 

Graduate students are an integral part of the UC Santa Cruz research community, working closely with faculty as contributing members of research teams. UC Santa Cruz graduate students are enrolled in programs in every division and serve as inspiring mentors for undergraduates.

Undergraduate students at UC Santa Cruz enjoy a unique opportunity to engage in research activities, either by participating in ongoing faculty projects or by creating their own projects under faculty supervision.

Nearly three-quarters of UC Santa Cruz seniors have done or are doing a research activity, creative project, internship, or service learning.