Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


The URSCA conference is the annual showcase of the high quality research, scholarship, and creative activities of Whittier College students.

During the conference, students present original works that were completed during the previous summer and current academic year. Students present their work via oral presentations, creative arts explorations, and poster presentations. For many students, participation in the URSCA conference represents the culmination of work on their senior project and, as such, satisfies the capstone experience graduation requirement. This academic event is open to all members of the Whittier College community, which includes our student presenters' families and friends.

URSCA 2021

In line with Whittier College's commitment to the health and safety of the campus community, URSCA 2021 will be held online.

The conference will span two days: Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. Friday sessions are scheduled between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., while Saturday sessions are scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Important Dates

Abstract submission period: December 8 - March 12, 2021

Mission Statement

The mission of URSCA at Whittier College is to enrich the educational experience of our students by supporting a culture of research, scholarship, and creative activity that leads to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. This support includes coordinating and promoting the College’s annual URSCA Conference, at which student research and creative activities are showcased, and advocating for full and equitable participation of students and faculty members in undergraduate research from the sciences to the arts, inclusive of efforts from all disciplines and interdisciplinary works.