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.  

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.   

No matter the field or subject, a student can get help to navigate through to a mentor.

Successful navigation to college degrees and into future career placement begins with COMPASS: Center for Opportunity to Maximize Participation, Access and Student Success. 

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. 

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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…)

3/25: Spring Quarter Begins

3/25: Applications Open for Fall Quarter Dean’s Award for Life Science Research – Apply Here

3/27: César Chávez holiday

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