Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP)

i2URP 2017-2018 End of Year Banquet - Junior Scholars, Senior Scholars, and Program Faculty

The Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP) is an intensive, two-year program that prepares incoming juniors committed to pursuing a graduate degree for a career in biomedical research. Students work closely with program faculty on biomedical research topics during the academic year while also conducting research with their own faculty mentor. Students apply as juniors and participate in the program through the end of their senior year. 

i2URP is funded by the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP), which is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the David Geffen School of Medicine.


  • Applications for the 2018-2020 cohort are being accepted until Friday, October 26, 2018
  • The application is available as a Survey on MyUCLA (MyUCLA > Campus Life > Surveys and Notices > Survey)
  • Letters of Recommendation are emailed to


2 Years/5 Academic Quarters & 1 Summer 

  • Year 1/Junior Year: Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 Quarters
  • Summer 2019
  • Year 2/Senior Year: Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020 Quarters


  • Must be have Junior standing during Fall 2018 to apply
  • 3.5 minimum GPA
  • Must have less than 145 total units (not counting AP)
  • Commitment to pursuing a graduate degree and a career in biomedical research.


  • Complete Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts training (LSFC) 
  • Must attend PhySci M171/Journal Club during the end of Fall Quarter of Year 1
  • Enroll in PhySci M171/Journal Club during Winter & Spring Quarters of Year 1 and Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters of Year 2
  • Apply to URFP by the November deadline during Year 1
  • Conduct research a minimum of 10-15 hours per week as part of a -99 or -199 course during Winter and Spring Quarters of Year 1 and Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters of Year 2
  • Conduct research a minimum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during Summer
  • Present your findings at Research Poster Day in May of Year 1 and Year 2
  • Participate in UCLA's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) during Summer and present a poster of your research findings at the SPUR poster session
  • Apply to URSP by the June Deadline of Year 1


  • Juniors receive $1,000 during both Winter and Spring Quarters of Year 1
  • Seniors receive $5,000 distributed equally throughout Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters of Year 2


The application has six parts and should be completed in advance:

For the applicant (4 parts):

  1. General Application
  2. Short Essays. Compose on a word processing program and upload file to online application.
    1. Identify your academic and career goals and explain how participating in i2URP will contribute to your achievement to those goals. 250 words maximum.
    2. Describe your previous research experience. Include the aims of the project and your specific role and contributions to it. Do not copy and paste previous research reports.500 words maximum.
    3. Describe the research project you propose to pursue as a i2URP student researcher. 500 word maximum.
  3. Academic Plan. Download the template HERE. Have your departmental counselor sign off on it, scan it, and email it to
  4. Laboratory Training Certification. Email all of your laboratory training compliance certificates to Hard copies will not be accepted. 

For Faculty* (2 parts)2 Letters of Recommendation are required for each application. One must be completed by your faculty mentor. The other must be completed by a faculty member who is not your mentor. Both the completed letter of recommendation form and the signed letter must be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant) to: by Friday, October 26, 2018. Hard copy forms will not be accepted. Applications without two letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. 

  1. Letter of Recommendation Form. Download the Letter of Recommendation Form HERE. Instructions for completion are provided on the form. 
  2. Signed Letter of Recommendation. 2 pages maximum. Instructions are provided on the Letter of Recommendation Form.

*Faculty: Faculty are individuals with professor appointments with the University (AKA they must have "Professor" in their official title.) Letters of Recommendation from lecturers, post-docs, staff, or researchers will not be accepted.