Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Welcome to Cal State LA’s
Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

The Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ORSCA), a unit in the Division of Academic Affairs, provides research development support services to the university community. ORSCA helps Principal Investigators identify external funding opportunities, and provides assistance at every stage of proposal development. To ensure the highest conformity with University and Federal policies, ORSCA provides support and guidance for compliance issues related to the use of human subjects and animal subjects in research, conflicts of interest, and research misconduct. As the products of research come to fruition, ORSCA assists PI's with intellectual property and technology transfer processes.


ORSCA also highlights and supports campus research activity by administering the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award program and the Student Symposium on Research Scholarship and Creative Activities. Through these activities, ORSCA increases opportunities for faculty and students to engage in research, scholarship and creative activities, supporting the academic mission of this comprehensive university.

Take advantage of our resources and links for faculty and students interested in our programs and services. From forms to frequently asked questions, we want to provide you with current information you need.

Office of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library North, 2026D



​Please go here to RSVP for upcoming IRB workshops.



Upcoming Events

33rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition is set for April!

260 student researchers from throughout the CSU Universities will present at the 33rd Annual Student Research Competition at Cal State Fullerton April 26-27. The contest showcases the significant research done by undergraduate and graduate students.

Jessica Pope

Summer Student Opportunity

Notre Dame Graduate School

Notre Dame Graduate School Summer Research Program

This summer the University of Notre Dame Graduate School is offering its 10th Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) which offers many opportunities to prepare undergraduates for graduate school success. The deadline to apply is February 15 through the application system. For information on the Summer Research Opportunities Program, including the application link and instructions, visit the program’s website.

Any U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are from an underrepresented group, are low-income or first generation students and will be juniors and rising seniors in Fall 2019, in any discipline offered by the Notre Dame Graduate School, interested in attending the program are encouraged to apply. The program will run from May 20-July 27, 2019.

To apply, students will need to upload a statement of intent, a CV, an unofficial copy of their transcripts, and one letter of recommendation uploaded by the recommender.  

Students are encouraged to apply and join Notre Dame’s campus community for 10 weeks of guided research with world class faculty, culminating in a symposium attended by up to 200 peer researchers from other REUs on campus. In addition to working with faculty in their program of interest, students will develop grant and fellowship proposals, as well as graduate school applications, receiving feedback from experienced higher education professionals. Students also participate in a GRE preparation workshop and weekly lunch meetings with Notre Dame faculty and administrators. There are social events and workshops sponsored by the Graduate School and other REUs on campus.

In summary, Notre Dame’s SROP will offer:

  • Competitive stipends
  • Housing in air conditioned dorms
  • Transportation
  • GRE preparation support
  • Graduate school application support
  • Specialized assistance with grant and fellowship applications to NSF, NIH, Fulbright, and more
  • Fee waiver for applying to full-time Graduate School at Notre Dame

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Chism at or 574-631-4694.

Funding and Grants