The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) is a two-quarter program intended for beginner level researchers. URF runs during winter and spring quarters, and program participants will take the course HC101A in the winter, which will introduce them to career options in research as well as provide professional development. Students of any standing are eligible to apply, but may only recieve the award once.
The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) is a funded scholarship program for juniors and seniors committed to fulfilling the requirements of a comprehensive independent research project for a full academic year: fall, winter and spring.
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.
Recipients must do research for two quarters which must be part of a 99, 199, 198 or 196 course, and absolutely must participate in and pass the HC101A course during winter quarter. No exceptions will be granted, and recipients who fail to meet this requirement will be removed from the program. Additionally, recipients must either present their findings at the URC-Sciences Research Poster Day or write and submit an electronic copy of a research summary for their project in the spring. A thank you note to the donor that supported the research project is also required.
Recipients must do research for three quarters (two of which must be part of a 99, 199, 198 or 196 course) and to present their findings at the URC-Sciences Research Poster Day. During the end of spring quarter, recipients must write and submit an electronic copy of a written departmental honors thesis or a comprehensive research paper. Additionally, a thank you note to the donor that supported the research project is required.
The URSP and URFP awards 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.
Regents Scholars are unable to receive any additional scholarship funds. However, if deemed eligible for the award(s), the comittee may award a Honorary URSP or URFP title. Honorary recipients are formally recognized as part of the program and participate fully in the requirements and activities associated with their award, but do not recieve additional funding.
URSP and URFP recipients must commit to remaining enrolled full time for the duration of their award period (winter and spring for URFP; fall winter, and spring for URSP). Students who do not meet this criteria are ineligible.
If your lab requires you to complete Laboratory Safety and Fundamental Concepts (LSFC) Training, we ask that students attach a proof of completion with their program contract upon acceptance into the program.
All applications must be completed 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.