Center for Academic & Research Excellence

Programs for Students Majoring in Science, Engineering & Mathematics

CARE programs provide enrichment opportunities for those students who seek careers in scientific research and teaching and whose success through graduate training will increase the numbers of historically underrepresented individuals in academic and technological fields.

CARE programs emphasize a hands-on apprenticeship in research to help students achieve their aspirations towards scientific careers.

CARE Program Scholarships are funded by:

The National Institutes of Health's, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

The National Science Foundation's California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

For Federally Funded Programs, Applicants Must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time UCLA student.
  • Be earning a B.S. degree in a life science, physical science, or be an engineering major at UCLA.
  • Be from one of the following underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical sciences: African-American, Latino/a, Chicano/a, Native American, Native Pacific Islander (Micronesia and Polynesia), and Native Alaskan students. Or be a member of AAP or have a documented socio-economically disadvantaged background.
  • Have a serious interest in a career in the life sciences, physical sciences or engineering.
Students with documented permanent disabilities, who are registered with the UCLA Office for Students with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Note: When considering applicants, the UCLA, Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences must take into consideration whether a student's participation would help achieve the overall goals/objectives of the program.

For more information regarding National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation ethnicity eligibility information please click here