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Research

A global research university with an uncommon emphasis on undergraduate research and education, UC Santa Cruz is part of the world’s most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the most renowned institutions of higher learning.


Research news

Isaac Julien, Once Again... (Statues Never Die), installation view, Tate Britain, 2023. (Photo courtesy the artist)

Preparing students for impactful careers in the arts

The Mellon Foundation awarded $1 million to UC Santa Cruz to fund fine-art and moving-image research under the leadership of internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien and renowned critic and curator Mark Nash.

Artist’s rendition of the variety of exoplanets featured in the new NASA TESS-Keck Survey Mass Catalog. (Credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko)

A catalog of diverse and exotic worlds

Our understanding of exoplanets, those strange worlds that orbit stars beyond our solar system, is now broader and deeper thanks to separate studies published this week featuring the work of researchers at UC Santa Cruz.

Targeting this population of platelets could help better treat blood clotting-related diseases

Study reveals ‘troublemaker’ platelets

Professor of Biomolecular Engineering Camilla Forsberg and her research group have discovered platelets that appear with aging and have hyperreactive behavior and unique molecular properties. Targeting this population of platelets could help better treat blood clotting–related diseases.

Real-world experience

Undergraduates have the unique opportunity to participate in world-class research, both creative and scientific, at UC Santa Cruz. Both undergrad and graduate students gain academic experience and career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.

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Research with impact


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Research programs and units

The campus’s research activities range from small groups within academic departments to large units with connections outside UC Santa Cruz.


Research support

The Office of Research is dedicated to working collaboratively with the UC Santa Cruz community to advance research and demonstrate its impact.

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Last modified: May 23, 2024