Admissions & Outreach

Academic Research Consortium


The Academic Research Consortium (ARC) Summer Program provides mentored research experiences in all disciplines to undergraduates at the junior level and graduate students at the Master's level who are seeking to gain experience and prepare for doctoral programs at UC Santa Barbara. ​ARC targets talented and motivated students from Hispanic Serving Institutions in southern California who can benefit from additional academic support and career development.​

The ARC Summer Program fosters and supports students in scholarly research endeavors to help them achieve their personal and professional goals as undergraduates and to prepare them for their next challenge.

ARC Scholar Activities

Once chosen as an ARC Scholar, the student embarks upon a 7-week summer program of research and graduate school preparation guided by UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division staff, faculty, and graduate student mentors. Scholars are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student mentors who provide training and support. Scholars are provided with an excellent opportunity to explore their discipline, experience research, and improve their opportunities for future study in their chosen field.​

ARC Scholars will receive the following:

  • A 7-week summer research experience from June to August
  • $3000 summer program stipend
  • Housing accommodations: Non-UCSB students are accommodated in University Housing; UCSB students receive $1500 housing stipend
  • Weekly academic enrichment and professional development workshops
  • Participation in end-of-summer symposium to present research work
  • Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)


  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • AB540 students are eligible to apply
  • Enrolled at a HSI in Southern California - CSU (Bakersfield to San Diego State) and UC (Santa Barbara, Irvine, and Riverside
  • Priority consideration:
    • Groups underrepresented in higher education
    • Students from economically/educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
    • First generation to attend college
    • Non-traditional students
    • Individuals who have faced life challenges
  • Completion of at least the junior year by June 2020, or be enrolled as a Masters student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0


Applicants are expected to list two UC Santa Barbara faculty members with whom they are interested in conducting research with during the 2020 ARC Summer Program. Information about UC Santa Barbara faculty members can be found at their respective department websites. We would suggest contacting your prospective mentor to ask if they are available to take students in Summer 2020.

*As of now, the ARC program will still take place this summer. However, there is a possibility that it will be cancelled due to precautionary measures. Should ARC be cancelled, we will update the website and current applicants.*

For questions on faculty selection, please contact:

Walter Boggan
Director of Admissions, Outreach & Diversity Initiatives
(805) 893-2322


April 8, 2020


2020 ARC Application Form
2020 ARC LOR Form