CARE Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Summer Program

The CARE SEM Summer Program is a 10-week opportunity for UCLA undergraduates to undertake research with a UCLA faculty and receive professional development through workshops and seminars.

Up to $6000 over 10 weeks

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Friday, August 30, 2019 (10 weeks)


Participants are required to complete the entire ten week program (approximately 40 hours per week in the lab). Participants must attend all required workshops, seminars, and social events and complete all assignments. At the end of the program, each participant is required to give a poster presentation describing his/her research and complete a post-program survey.

  • Be a UCLA student in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above (in the previous quarter and overall)
  • Have a faculty mentor and have completed all required trainings for your laboratory*
  • Identify with at least one of the following (including AB 540 (or DACA) students):
    • from an educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged background
    • of African, Hispanic, Native American, or Native Pacific Islander descent
    • have a registered disability
  • Not be currently receiving other summer funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study)
  • Be interested in pursuing a PhD or dual degree that includes a PhD (e.g. MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD)
*If you have not done research at UCLA, you should attend a Student Research Program (SRP) workshop. The workshops cover how to find a research mentor. Students should have a faculty mentor and be doing research in a lab by the start of spring quarter in order to be best prepared for CARE SEM Summer Program.


You will be asked to provide the following:
  • Online Application
  • Personal Statement Form
  • Letter of Recommendation**
  • Financial Statement Form
  • Secondary Application Survey
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Proof of Completion for the Lab Safety Fundamental Concepts Course
**Your letter of recommendation must be from your faculty mentor at UCLA. They are in the best position to assess your ability for academic research and your motivation to attend graduate school (ask them to comment on both of these in their letter).

Your application to the CARE SEM Summer Program will be considered for the following scholarships to support your summer research experience:
  • The IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) funded by the National Institutes of Health
  • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Private donations
Eligibilities for this program are constrained by the availability of funds from each source and the associated eligibility restrictions. Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by the individual scholarship with an offer.

Click HERE to apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Isabel Martinez
Program Representative
2121 Life Sciences
Phone: 310-206-2182