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Funding for Undergraduate Research Students - an Update from the Undergraduate Research Center - Sciences

Monday, May 23, 2016
Tama Hasson (thasson [at] college [dot] ucla [dot] edu)

The Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences serving UCLA faculty and students, is pleased to announce several research-focused opportunities and events.   


Funding Opportunities: Fall / Winter Deadlines


Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP): Deadline November 15, 2016 - 11:59 P.M.

$2,000 (freshmen-seniors) for Winter and Spring 2017 funding.  All students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply.  Students must enroll in 99 or 199 during the winter and spring quarters, and in HC101A during the winter quarter. 


Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program: Deadline November 15, 2016 -11:59 P.M.

$8,000/yr as a stipend and $12,000 for research supplies over the next two years will be awarded to select female sophomores, juniors and new transfers (minimum GPA 3.3) who are majoring in the disciplines of Chemistry, Chemistry-Materials Science, Physics, and Astrophysics.  Students participate in a journal club each quarter and must stay on campus during the summer to work fulltime in the lab. Applications are through my.ucla.edu using the URFP application. 


CARE Fellows Program: Deadline January 16, 2017 -5:00 P.M. (and every Monday of 2nd week of each quarter)

$875 (for 70 hours of research), will be awarded to select students with little to no previous research experience.  Students from groups underrepresented in the sciences or who are AAP members, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply.  Funded by the NIH’s Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity and NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. 


CARE Fellows who successfully summarize their progress at the end of the program may be eligible to continue in the CARE Scholars Program, which provides $1,500 for 120 hours of participation.  For more information about both programs visit: http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/care.htm


Additional Research-Related Funding Opportunities:


The Undergraduate Science Journal – Encourage your students to contribute an article about their research to the Undergraduate Science Journal.  This is a great way to prepare for future publication in a higher journal and does not preclude your lab from doing so!  Submission Deadline: January 13, 2017


The URC-Sciences Travel Grant program – Reimburse your students up to $300 for attending and presenting at professional conferences.


The Elma Gonzalez Research Needs Award program – If your student’s project requires a specific purchase, but you lack the funds to purchase the item, have your student apply for a Research Needs Award.  Students participating in research in the EEB department preferred.


Research Course Enrollment for Winter:

Student Research Program (SRP): Deadline January 20, 2017 - 5:00 P.M.


All students are eligible to apply for SRP each quarter to receive course credit in exchange for laboratory research experience.  Interested students are encouraged to attend one of the workshops held every quarter that cover the SRP as a whole and assist students in finding a research mentor and project, and in preparing a CV. 


Faculty interested in becoming a SRP mentor can find more information here:



For more information about the SRP visit:

http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/srpintro.htm or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


On the Horizon:


Undergraduate Research Week: May 22-26, 2017

Special events will be held around the campus for the entire month culminating in a variety of presentation opportunities during the main week of May 22-26.


Research Poster Day: May 23th, 2017

As part of the Undergraduate Research Week, undergraduate researchers from across UCLA’s campus will be showcasing data gathered from numerous and varied research projects.  Research Poster Day is an exciting change to the formerly known Science Poster Day in that research from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences now joins the research of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.  Encourage your students to participate!


Please Remember!

All students participating in laboratory research must show proof of safety training for enrollment in contract courses (99, 196, 198, 199) or to receive scholarships.  Confirmation sometimes takes several days so encourage your students to take their training as soon as possible to ensure they meet submission and contract deadlines.  These are firm deadlines.

Please see the EH&S training schedule for class dates and enrollment instructions.