The Elma Gonzalez Research Needs Award (RNA)

This program is nearing its end.
Please contact URC-Sciences
before submitting an application
to determine if funds are available.

Award Description

A unique fund has been established in Professor Gonzalez's honor to support undergraduate students engaged in research. The Elma Gonzalez Research Needs Awards are used to provide much needed support to undergraduates for research equipment and supplies.

Professor Elma Gonzalez has served on many national committees and panels, mostly focusing on evaluation and review of programs and activities that support training and access for minorities and women in science. In 1990, she joined colleagues from the UC and California State University to seek funding from the Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program in Science at NSF. When this grant was funded, she became the California Regional Director at UCLA and later served on the Advisory Board of the statewide alliance. She was later joined by Professor Renato Aguilera to propose the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE) in the College of Letters and Science. She served as its first director until 1997. Most recently she was the Program Director of the NIH-funded MARC Program at UCLA. This program's objective is to prepare minority students for admission and successful completion of doctoral programs at major universities.

RNA grants are awarded on a competitive basis to students who are completing an Independent Study or Honors Thesis (course 199 or 198).

Awards are open to all students (Preference is given to EEB majors).

Download RNA Application

Research Needs Award Application

Research Needs Award Order From

Note: It is important to provide detailed information about the supplies needed: vendor(s), items and prices.

All documents must be returned to:

URC - Sciences
2121 Life Sciences Building

For more information and questions, please contact:

Dr. Tama Hasson
URC-Sciences Director

Gifts to this fund can be made by sending your check payable to the UCLA Foundation – Elma Gonzalez Fund #3926 to:

UCLA College Development Office
Attention Bea Richman
Director of Development Division of Undergraduate Education
1309 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

For more information, please call Bea Richman at 310.825.8654 or email