Research Opportunities

Department / ProgramDescription
Undergraduate Research PortalThe Undergraduate Research Portal is an online space where you can: – Post your research opportunities for students to search.
– Academic Credit, Volunteer, Scholarship, or Paid-in any discipline
– Search profiles of students interested in conducting research, who have the skills and experiences you need.
UCLA Library: Research GuidesExpert staff in the UCLA Library have created custom guides for nearly every subject and many courses taught at UCLA. You will find our Biology and Life Science Guides at
UCLA Library: Ask a Librarian 24/7 Research AssistanceAn online chat service providing research assistance on any topic 24/7.
UCLA Library: Drop-in and scheduled research assistanceHave a research question? Library staff are available to consult with you at every stage of the research process. Schedule an appointment, drop-in, or e-mail your questions.
UCLA Library: Online research tutorials and workshopsThese quick and practical online tutorials help you throughout the research process, from finding sources to citing them in your papers.
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences
NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP)The NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP) prepares students for upper division science coursework and undergraduate research. The program consists of a Biotechnology Lecture and Laboratory, Course on Reading and Writing Science, Career Development Workshops and Seminars, Group/Lab Meetings, Laboratory visits, Career Guidance. Seminars and Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate/professional program panels, career opportunities in biomedical science, and applying to research programs. Upon completion of BISEP, participants will be prepared to commence undergraduate research. Program activities are specifically designed to support and to encourage students who intend to pursue research careers in the biomedical sciences.
UC LEADS (University of California Leadership Excellence Through Advanced Degrees Program)The UC LEADS Program is one of the most prestigious fellowships awarded by the University of California system. This program provides up to nine UCLA upper-division undergraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in academia, industry, government, and public service following the completion of a doctoral degree, preferably at the University of California.
PEERS (Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences)The UCLA Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS) is an intensive program committed to promoting academic excellence and professional development for students dedicated to careers in the life or physical sciences or mathematics. The primary objective of the program is to increase the number of students who develop a strong foundation in the sciences and make teaching and/or research a part of their life’s work.
I2URPThe i2URP is a two year program that offers junior and senior UCLA students the opportunity to work closely with faculty on biomedical research topics during the academic year and summer. The i2URP is an intensive program to prepare students for research careers.
Diversity ProjectThe Diversity Project is a Transformative International Undergraduate Research Program that Promotes Diversity in the Sciences

Join us for an exiting summer of field and laboratory research studying marine biodiversity. You’ll experience a new part of the world, see amazing coral reefs, learn to apply cutting edge genetic techniques to the understanding of the origins of marine biodiversity, and learn how to be a competitive applicant for leading PhD programs. All that, and it doesn’t cost a thing!

HHMI UCLA Pathways to SuccessThe UCLA-HHMI Pathways to Success Program is an opportunity for first year undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge biological research and be part of a rigorous academic support community.

UCLA Study Abroad
UCLA Engineering Science CorpsSupport middle and high school students in their academic coursework, particularly in math and sciences, in order to prepare them for higher education degrees in STEM programs. Provide students with opportunities to be involved in true hands-on engineering and research at UCLA. Increase the diversity of students from underrepresented communities (female, minority, low income, and first generation going to college) to pursue and apply to STEM majors.
Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity
UCLA/Drew Summer Health Professions ProgramThe UCLA/DREW SHPEP mission is to serve as a model learning community in which students examine a variety of healthcare issues affecting medically underserved communities through problem-based learning cases, lectures, clinical experiences, small-group discussions, and a research project. Students will also improve their learning skills and strengthen their foundation in science. Upon completion of this six-week program, students will be more aware of the urgent need for health care professionals in medically underserved communities and of the educational pathways that lead to providing medical and dental and health services to underserved populations.
Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Enrichment ProgramUCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers

The MARC U*STAR Program is a two-year, NIH-funded, undergraduate honors program that seeks to increase the number of biomedical scientists from diverse backgrounds that significantly impact health-related research. The program specifically seeks to strengthen the skills and research training of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. This program is appropriate for students interested in pursuing a PhD or dual PhD degree upon completion of their baccalaureate degree. The MARC Program offers research training, financial support, mentoring, networking opportunities and academic preparation for strong and motivated students. The UCLA MARC program is one of the longest-standing MARC programs at Research I universities across the nation, and graduates from the program have embarked on highly successful careers


Department / ProgramDescription
Department of Math – Lower Division Tutoring CenterMath tutoring for undergraduate students
UCLA Writing ProgramsWriting Programs serves undergraduate students through a carefully calibrated sequence of writing courses. Given the diverse linguistic backgrounds of our students, that sequence must encompass considerable breadth: ELS focused courses, first year composition courses at varied levels, and specialized advanced offerings. Our core offerings play a vital role in preparing undergraduates to succeed in their academic and future professional work. Our work in the classroom is extended by our Undergraduate Writing Center, which aids students from all areas of study at UCLA.
Integrating Research & Writing Support for STEM


Department / ProgramDescription
Startup UCLAStartup UCLA was established in 2012 with the first Summer Accelerator for UCLA students/alumni to develop their tech-startups during a ten-week highly intensive program. The Summer Accelerator provides early-stage startups with a workspace and guidance by top entrepreneurs, investors and skill experts. The ten-week program incorporates best practices and knowledge in entrepreneurship, technology, and design. The teams travel to the Bay Area to visit venture capital firms and startup entrepreneurs, making valuable connections while getting constructive feedback on their pitches from industry professionals. The culminating event is Demo Day when the teams pitch to our growing network of local entrepreneurs and investors.
NSF Innovation CorpsThe National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

Meetings & Professional Societies

Department / ProgramDescription
Student Members of American Chemical SocietyUndergraduate students can join one of the more than 1,000 ACS student chapters on college campuses in the U.S., to network with other students in the chemical sciences. Access awards and grants, and take advantage of the opportunity to present posters at special sessions that take place during ACS national and regional meetings.
Alpha Chi Sigma


Department / ProgramDescription
Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College ScholarsVIP Scholars was established in 2006 in response to the declining number of underrepresented students admitted and enrolled at competitive four-year universities. In collaboration with key stakeholders at UCLA, this intervention was designed to prepare high school students from underrepresented backgrounds for admissions to competitive four-year universities such as UCLA, through counseling, mentoring, student leadership, academic advising, and summer residential programs.

Professional Development

Department / ProgramDescription
Partnership UCLAPartnership UCLA builds connections with UCLA alumni, community members and employers to help students develop academic and professional skills in preparation for life after university. Experiential learning and real-world experiences are provided through a variety of programs for all UCLA students.
Career CenterThe UCLA Career Center offers services and resources to help UCLA students, UC graduates and employers reach their goals.
UCLA Re-Application ProgramThe David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is offers a comprehensive, structured re-application program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S medical school. RAP is an 11-month program that is conducted in two sessions. The Summer sessions begins June 19 to July 21st, 2017 and the Academic year session that runs from September 2017 through May 2018 for each cohort.

Student Support

Department / ProgramDescription
Bruin Resource CenterThe BRC serves all UCLA students, with a particular focus on current and former foster youth, students with dependents, students in recovery, student veterans, transfer students, and undocumented students. The BRC also offers programs that promote holistic development and education of the student and the larger campus community. These programs include Intergroup Relations and the GRIT peer coaching program.
Academic Advancement ProgramThe Academic Advancement Program, known on the UCLA campus as AAP, is the nation’s largest university-based student diversity program. AAP has enjoyed a tradition of academic excellence at UCLA for over 40 years. As the director of AAP and associate vice provost for student diversity, I am privileged to provide leadership for the innovative programs available to more than 5,600 UCLA undergraduates from diverse populations whose academic profiles indicate they would benefit from the guidance and support available through AAP. AAP promotes academic achievement and excellence through academic advising, collaborative learning workshops, mentoring to prepare for graduate studies and professional schools, summer bridge programs for entering freshmen and transfer students, and scholarships for our students.