At UC Day, the University of California Office of Research acknowledges the work of outstanding undergraduate researchers on all of UC's eight undergraduate campuses. These students are chosen through an annual undergraduate research contest, in which the campuses' faculty deans pick their top undergraduate researchers across a diverse range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences.

During the UC Day activities in Sacramento, contest winners are honored alongside their faculty advisors, and posters highlighting their research are displayed outside of the Governor's Office in the Capitol.