Grand Challenges Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (GCURSP)


GC-URSP 2016 Participants

 

 GC-URSP First Cohort

 

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 SLA GC-URSP course to cultivate the next generation of sustainability leaders. 

The three quarter class will explore different topics essential to student research while providing a hands-on learning experience. The interdisciplinary research experience equips students with the communication, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed to guide L.A. to a more sustainable future. Research project span several disciplines and all majors are encouraged to apply!

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Students: The course is open to students who will be in their 2nd and 3rd years during the year in which the course is offered. The course is offered for two units each quarter, with P/NP in the Fall and letter grades in the Winter and Spring quarters. Additionally, each student will register for two units of SRP99 each quarter (P/NP).

The program has three components:

  1. Placement in a Sustainable LA Grand Challenge faculty member research setting where students will conduct research under the mentorship of the faculty and senior researchers.
  2.  A concurrent course that meets once per week that provides students with a background in urban sustainability, research and communication skills, and professional development.
  3. An interdisciplinary research experience among peers aimed at addressing real urban sustainability challenges in the Los Angeles region. This experience will take place under the guidance of the course instructor, and will be separate from the faculty-mentored research experience.

SLA GC-URSP Project Consultants: Students in their 4th year or later may apply to be Project Consultants for the course (please use separate application). Project Consultants play a leadership role and do not participate in the faculty-mentored research experience. This is a year-long commitment and course credit will be given. Project Consultants are expected to attend the course and lead one of the SLA GC-URSP interdisciplinary research student groups. Project Consultants will meet with the course instructor for one hour per week outside of instruction time. Former URSP students are highly encouraged to apply to be Project Consultants. Course Project Consultants will register for two units each quarter, with P/NP in the Fall and letter grades in the Winter and Spring quarters. 

Deadline to apply for both opportunities is Thursday, May 31, 2018. 

 

More information is available on their website.

 

If you have further questions, please email SLAURSP@ucla.edu.