Research Opportunities

Chicana/o Studies students are encouraged to pursue research at the undergraduate level through one of several options.  Students may enroll in Independent Studies units with faculty to direct quarter-long projects of particular interest.  These courses are arranged primarily through agreement between the sponsoring faculty “mentor” and student, but must be approved by the Department administration.  Contact undergraduate advisor for more information.

Departmental Honors Program

For students interested in pursuing graduate and/or professional school, the Department offers an Honors experience, resulting in the commendation of “Distinction in the Major.”

The application deadline for the AY2018-2019 Honors Program application is August 4, 2018.

Honors Application


McNair Scholars Program Overview

The UC Santa Barbara McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. Twenty to thirty undergraduates and incoming transfer students are selected each year to participate in academic year and summer activities. One of the key aspects of the McNair Program is the opportunity for undergraduate students at the junior and senior years to participate in research experiences. 

To be a part of this exciting program, please visit:

For further information, please contact: 
Beth Schneider -
Director of UCSB McNair Scholar Program