Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP)
An In-Depth Approach to Faculty Mentored Research and Weekly Journal Club
The Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP) at UCLA
Applications for the next cohort are currently closed.
What is the i2URP Program at UCLA?
The Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program is a two-year plus one summer program designed to prepare junior and senior scholars for graduate studies in the biomedical research fields. The program’s goal is to equip scholars are on the path toward Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. graduate studies by allowing them to hone critical skills needed for their future. By working closely with the program faculty during the weekly Journal Club and Research Presentation meetings, i2URP students explore current biomedical research topics and sharpen their ability to conduct research, write papers, present their research, and read and critique literature.
Scholars will conduct an independent research project with their UCLA Faculty Research Mentor throughout the duration of the program. Alumni of the program have successfully transitioned to a variety of research & health-related careers and matriculated to prestigious graduate and professional programs at highly regarded institutions in the country.
Who is Eligible for the i2URP Program?
To be considered for the i2URP program, students must apply as Juniors at the beginning of the program and participate through the end of their senior year. Requirements are:
What are the Benefits and Requirements of being a i2URP Trainee?
i2URP Trainees will find themselves thoroughly prepared for the rigors of graduate school and careers in biomedical research by taking part in the program requirements. Learning to communicate, write scientific articles, read, critique, present and discuss scientific literature within a community setting ensures the success of the students.
How to Apply for the i2URP Program
A complete application consists of:
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1 Letter of Recommendation and 1 Letter of Recommendation Form is required in addition to the online application. Both items should be submitted by the applicant’s Faculty Research Mentor to i2URP@college.ucla.edu.
Letter of Recommendation Form Instructions: The Letter of Recommendation Form can be downloaded here. Applicant’s should complete the top portion of the form and send to their Faculty Research Mentor to complete the remaining section and to submit.
Letter of Recommendation Instructions: Please attach a letter of support for your applicant. Please indicate how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. Write candidly about the applicant’s qualifications for this program and about their potential for research and academic success. In describing the applicant, address attributes such as motivation, intellect, maturity, curiosity, strengths, and weaknesses. 2 pages max.
Fernando Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, URC-Sciences
John Coliceli, Ph.D.
Professor & Vice Chair, Biological Chemisty
Karen Reue, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Genetics
Aaron Meyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Jose Rodriquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry