Research Opportunities Community (ROC)

Mission Statement
The Research Opportunities Community (ROC) is a residential research environment committed to exposing undergraduates to the research process at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in collaboration with Student Housing, the ROC will integrate itself into the UCI research culture. 

  • To encourage residents to get involved in undergraduate research & creative activities.

  • To introduce residents to research and creative opportunities on and off campus.

  • To harness residents' interests into a passion on the road to a successful career.

  • To become the hub of research activity among undergraduate residents at UCI.

What to Expect at ROC

Complementary to your residential experience, living in this community will introduce you to the many research and creative opportunities available to you at UC Irvine under the guidance of world-renowned faculty. Conducting a research or creative project has become an integral component of the UC Irvine undergraduate experience. There are many benefits to participating in the research process that will prepare you for a successful career. Join this fun environment, discover your interests and passions, and interact closely with faculty, student researchers, and members of the UROP team.

Participating Residential Communities
2006-2007: Hobbiton
2007-2008: Hobbiton
2008-2009: Hobbiton
2009-2010: Hobbiton
2010-2011: Hobbiton
2011-2012: Hobbiton
2012-2013: Calmindon
2013-2014: Elrond
2014-2015: Elrond
2015-2016: Elrond
2016-2017: Elrond

Hobbiton, Calmindon and Elrond are located in the Middle Earth Housing Complex. 



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  • What is a research or creative project?
  • Fine tuning your research interests
  • How to get involved in research?
  • Manage your research project
  • Research conduct and ethics
  • Present & publish your findings

 Group Projects 

  • Meetings to help chart progress of projects
  • Work in a group setting on selected projects
  • Seek mentoring from faculty members and graduate students

 Quarterly Dinners 

  • Invited professors to speak on their respective research and career path

 Lectures & Performances

  • Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary lectures and presentations by faculty and invited guests
  • Concerts and performances


  • Students present the findings of their group projects at the end of the academic year


  • Quarterly open forums with UROP about research related questions
  • UROP Fellows share their research experiences

 Quarterly Tours 

  • On-campus labs
  • Local museums 
  • Local labs and corporations