SERA Resources


SERA students and alumni can order official UCSB transcripts via GOLD.

  1. To access GOLD, go to the UCSB Registrar website.

  2. Click on the link to GOLD under the "Previous students and Alumni" category

  3. Enter your PERM and PIN numbers to log in

    • If you forgot your PERM number, please contact

    • Your PIN number is the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.  If that number does not work, try 0000

  4. Once in GOLD, select "Transcripts and Verification" which is located on the left-hand menu.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully because you will have several options for delivery and the process is very specific. UCSBNetIDs are deactivated after 13 months of separation from the University. If you have any questions regarding how to access grades or order a transcript, please contact

Competitions (Including college applications and publications)

All SERA students that wish to participate in competitions (including college applications and publications) with the research that was conducted at UCSB must receive approval from the program. Failure to receive proper permission is subject to legal action. 

All consent requests must be submitted to SERA at least 2 weeks before the event or due date.

  1. Email a request for consent to and include the following information:

    • Your name, the year you participated in SERA (ex: SERA 2018), and track name/number

    • Date, title, and purpose of the event.

    • A short description of how you will use your research at this event.

  2. SERA will collect consent from the director of the program and instructor of the course.

  3. SERA will contact you via email when the request has been approved

Letters of Recommendation

SERA students seeking letters of recommendation from instructors, teaching assistants, or the director of the program should consider the following:

  1. Ask the recommender if he or she can write a supportive letter. In general, the best letters of recommendation are from people who have worked with you closely and have a positive opinion of you and your abilities.

  2. Give the recommender plenty of time to write a good letter. It is customary to give them at least 3-4 weeks to work on this letter.  Be sure to include the deadline when arranging this request. You may send them a gentle and friendly reminder closer to the deadline, but don't nag!

  3. Supplemental materials are important. You can help your recommender write a good letter for you by giving them a packet that includes items such as a resume, list of relevant accomplishments, etc.