CARE Fellows & Scholars Program

The CARE Fellows Program provides students with little or no previous research experience the opportunity to receive financial support while participating in a research project with a faculty mentor. Once students have completed the CARE Fellows program, they can apply to continue funded research through the CARE Scholars Program. You must be a successful CARE Fellow to apply to be a CARE Scholar.

Funding for this program is provided by the following federal grants: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD; National Institutes of Health) and California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP; National Science Foundation). Depending on the funding source, CARE Fellows & Scholars will be paid biweekly or via the BAR account. The last check will not be dispersed to participants who have failed to submit their final report as specified in the application and in the Letter of Agreement.

Eligibility

CARE Fellows applicants are required to:
  • Be a UCLA student in good standing.
  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous quarter and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have a faculty mentor.
  • Have completed all required trainings for your laboratory.
  • Be from an educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged background. African-American, Latino/a, Chicano/a, Native American, Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia and Polynesia), and Native Alaskan students are encouraged to apply. Students with a registered disability are also encouraged to apply
  • Are not currently receiving other funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study, URFP award, etc).
  • Be interested in a PhD in the biomedical sciences or a dual degree in the biomedical sciences that includes a PhD (MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD).
For more information regarding eligibility please go to the eligibility page.

Requirements for program participants
  • All program participants must complete necessary lab training courses prior to beginning work in research labs.
  • Participate in research related activities for a minimum of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks.
  • Work in the laboratory as specified in the application and the CARE Fellows Letter of Agreement.
  • Attend CARE meetings and functions.
  • Submit an original extended abstract that has been critiqued and signed by your faculty mentor to the URC - Sciences Office, 2121 Life Sciences, by 5pm on the Monday after finals week.
  • Note: All program participants must complete lab safety courses prior to beginning work in their research lab. The "Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts" class is required for all students, volunteers, and staff in laboratories. Please see the EH&S training schedule for class dates and enrollment instructions.

Application

Quarterly CARE Fellows Application

Please note that applications for the CARE Fellows program are available every quarter, including summer. Make sure that you are using the application for the upcoming quarter.

Winter 2017 Deadline: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A complete application must include the following

  • Updated "unofficial" transcript, DPR or DARS. If submitting a DARS report, print the "PDF Audit."
  • 1-2 page research proposal. You will discuss your motivation to do research and describe what you hope to accomplish. See application for a detailed description of how to write the proposal.
Incomplete and/or illegible applications will not be reviewed. Make sure that you have completed every item on the application legibly. All communication will be sent via e-mail.

All documents must be submitted to:

CARE Fellows Program
URC - Sciences
2121 Life Sciences Building

For information on finding a faculty mentor, eligibility and writing an extended abstract contact:

Dr. Tama Hasson
URC-Sciences Director
310.825.9277
carefs@lifesci.ucla.edu