It stands for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. URSP is a funded scholarship program primarily for seniors committed to fulfilling the requirements of a comprehensive independent research project for a full academic year: fall, winter and spring. Students entering ther junior year are also eligible to apply.
A comprehensive independent research project is an upper division research project associated with enrollment in a departmental 199, 198 or 196 for 2 quarters. This project must be done in the lab of a UCLA faculty member. 199, 198 and 196 are departmental contract courses.
Your obligations are to do research for three quarters (two of which must be part of a 199, 198 or 196 course) and to present your findings at the URC-Sciences Research Poster Day. You must also submit an electronic summary of your work and a photo for an online profile to the URC-Sciences office. During the end of spring quarter, you must write and submit an electronic copy of your written departmental honors thesis or a comprehensive research paper. Additionally, you are required to write a thank you note to the donor that supported your research and attend the end of year banquet to be held in May.
The URSP award will be part of your overall financial aid package. This means that if you receive an award, the Financial Aid office will adjust your financial aid package to ensure that you do not exceed your financial aid eligibility. If such an adjustment is made, loans and work-study award are reduced first, prior to grant or other scholarship reductions.
Please check your units again because AP units do not count but Community College units that were transferred do count. The rule of thumb is: If you are enrolled as a senior for fall, winter and spring, then you are eligible.
The University requires all undergraduates engaging in laboratory research to enroll and complete the Laboratory Safety Fundamental Concepts course prior to beginning research. If you are admitted to the URSP program with a faculty in a life science, physical science, engineering or medicine department, completion of the safety course is required before enrollment (except for students in STATS, MATH, PSYCHOLOGY or AOS departments). You are required to provide proof of your lab safety certification in Fall quarter with your letter of agreement for URSP.
For the most part, no, it will not. You are welcome to apply to any other program if you are eligible. However there is one exception: URSP recipients are not eligible for an Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) award. URFP awards are specifically for students new to research.
There is no paper application; it is done online through myUCLA. There will be no exceptions. Please be sure to submit your application at least 20 minutes before the deadline to ensure that you are not locked out of the system at the last moment.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the faculty letter is received by Dr. Turner by the listed deadline. Please be sure to contact your faculty mentor EARLY to ensure that the letter is submitted on time on your behalf.