Welcome to COMPASS

COMPASS is a resource within the Life Sciences Department designed to invite, enrich, and engage a diverse student body within the STEM disciplines across the UCLA campus. This resource is especially relevant to students from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in the sciences; first-generation college students, students with socioeconomic hardships, and students who have faced significant life challenges.

COMPASS cares about helping students improve their overall educational success and university experience by connecting them with mentors, alumni, study clubs, scholarships, jobs and research programs on and off-campus.

By connecting undergraduate and graduate students to active alumni, professor-mentors, and varied research opportunities within the scientific communities, COMPASS aims to increase diversity, improve communication, and prepare students for impactful careers within the sciences.

Discover Your Path

MARC 2019-2021 Cohort

Student Resources

UCLA provides a vast array of resources geared to help students excel in their STEM endeavors. COMPASS is here to point undergraduate and graduate students toward the right programs. 

Dr Poe assisting Grad Student in Poe Lab 3x2

Mentored Research Opportunities

Mentored research is a dynamic opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to take part in scientific research with the guidance and supervision of a professor.

UCLA Faculty Resources

Connect with other innovators in education to retain and encourage the under-represented STEM students along the path to successful careers in the sciences.

UCLA Alumni Reunion

UCLA Alumni Resources

Connections to other BRUINS prepares UCLA students for a successful “life after graduation”. Make an impact and be part of a thriving community through UCLA One, Handshake or as an Alumni Mentor.

MARC Program

Financial Resources

There are many financial opportunities for STEM students across UCLA in the form of scholarships, grants, mentored programs, fellowships, Dean’s awards and paid internships. 

Dr. Erin Saunders

Seminars, Workshops, and Events

UCLA is a world-class university that promotes a culture of cooperation, diversity, and innovation in research discoveries across the STEM disciplines. Keep up to date on the various events taking place on and off-campus throughout the year. 

McEvoy Poe Gonzalez MARC


UCLA College Senior Jose’ Gonzalez is on a mission to understand Autism. (Read More…)

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A COMPASS for Success

Mentoring inspired this successful UCLA Alumni to give back (Read More…)

Erin Sanders Gina Poe Megan McEvoy

AAU Sponsors Educator Workshops 

UCLA to enhance undergraduate STEM education (Read More…)

A Culture of Collaboration

Association of American Universities
National Institute of Health

Important Dates

Academic Calendar

6/8-12: Last Exams
6/12: Spring Quarter Ends
6/22: Summer Session Begins
9/28: Fall Quarter Begins

Event Calendar, UCLA Happenings

Campus Resources

Relevant Health Links

Ashe Center https://www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/
Bruins Safe Online https://www.bso.ucla.edu/
Counseling Center https://www.counseling.ucla.edu/
Counseling 24/7 ☎ (310) 825-0768
Resilience In your Student Experience https://risecenter.ucla.edu/
UC Police Department (UCPD) Call 9-1-1 or (310) 825-1491