CARE Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Summer Research Program

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

  • 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
  • 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 funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study, URFP award, etc)
  • Be interested in pursuing a PhD or dual degree that includes a PhD (e.g. MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD)

The CARE SEM Summer Research Program is funded by several sources: the National Institutes of Health IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) Grant, the National Science Foundation CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) Grant, and private donations that support the Life Science Dean's Scholar Award. Eligibilities for this program are constrained by the availability of funds from each source and the associated eligibility restrictions.


Participants are required to complete the entire ten week program. The research objectives of the program are substantial (approximately 40 hours per week in the lab) and require full-time student commitment. Participants must attend all required workshops, seminars, social events and weekly student/staff meetings. At the end of the program, each participant is required to give a poster presentation describing his/her research and to also complete a post-program survey.


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). 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 Research Program.

Click HERE to apply.

  • Up to $3000 over 10 weeks for those in dorm housing (please note: there are limited slots for those who need on-campus housing)
  • Up to $5000 over 10 weeks for those not housed in the dormitories

10 WEEK PROGRAM (you must be present for entire program):
Sunday, June 25, 2017 (move-in)
Friday, September 1, 2017 (move-out)

Orientation: Monday, June 26, 2017

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