The Research Rookies Program is administered by the Academic Advancement Program and the Undergraduate Research Center (Humanities and Social Science). The purpose of the program is to demystify the research process within the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities fields.

Students undertake a research project under the guidance of two graduate mentors and a faculty sponsor. Selected participants will attend workshops and information sessions that expose them to research opportunities and provide information about graduate school. Students who are interested in graduate school and who would like to learn about how to conduct academic research are especially encouraged to apply.

Students apply for the Research Rookies program in the Fall quarter. The program requires a two quarter commitment during the Winter and Spring quarters of the application year.

Eligibility Criteria

Research Rookies applicants must be:

  1. AAP students
  2. In their sophomore year (or, juniors must have sophomore standing)
  3. Interested in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Program Timeline


  • Submit Research Rookies application
  • Please refer to the “How Do I Apply to the Research Rookies Program?” section below for more details.


  • Enroll in the weekly Research Rookies 2-unit Honors Collegium Seminar (HC 101A or 193A) days and times TBA.
  • Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with a Research Rookies Coordinator and cohort meetings.


  1. Enroll in a 2-unit Student Research Program (SRP) Course 99 with a faculty member
  2. Submit a poster presentation to the Annual UCLA Undergraduate Research Week
  3. Attend weekly cohort meetings and one-on-one meetings with a Research Rookies Program Coordinator
  4. Receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program

How Do I Apply to the Research Rookies Program?

There are two parts to the Research Rookies Application:

Part I:

  • Online Application (Open Fall Quarter)

Part II: (Submit hard copies to 1202 Campbell Hall)

  • Interests Statement
  • Copy of your 2017-18 UCLA electronic Financial Award Notification (eFAN)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of your most current Unofficial Transcript

For further information about the application components, please make an appointment with one of the Research Rookies coordinators.

For more information, please contact us:
Research Rookies Program Coordinators

Mary Senyonga
T: (310)794-4186