The UCLA SPUR-LABS summer program provides a rigorous research training experience for undergraduates with interests in a broad range of bioscience disciplines—from molecules to organisms and from basic to translational science. Exceptional research training, integrated with professional development activities, will prepare students to succeed in leading Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs. The program aims to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers and is designed for students participating in honors research programs that foster transition to doctoral programs (such as Maximizing Access to Research Careers–MARC, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development - IMSD, and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation - LSAMP).
SPUR-LABS is one of several programs comprising UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).
- Hands on research experience mentored by an outstanding UCLA faculty member
- Training in a world class research environment that includes medical school and college bioscience programs close together on one campus
- Academic and professional development advising
- Weekly seminars and workshops on career skills including science writing and presentating
- Science writing skills tutor for developing an abstract to submit to national conferences
- Individualized guidance on applying to graduate school including GRE preparation
- Networking with bioscience students and faculty
- Eight week option: June 25 – August 19, 2017
- Ten week option: June 25 – September 2, 2017
All participants will take part in the same activities, including a poster presentation at the end of the eighth week. Participants in the ten week program will have two additional weeks to work in the laboratory and prepare the final research paper.
The Summer 2017 application is now closed. Applications for 2018 will be available in the winter and are due by February 1st.
Research opportunities with UCLA faculty
SPUR-LABS participants will be matched with an appropriate faculty member based on research interests. There are over 400 faculty mentors in the following ten research areas.
- Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology
- Cell & Developmental Biology
- Gene Regulation
- Genetics & Genomics
- Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis
- Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
- Molecular Pharmacology
- Physics & Biology in Medicine
Stipend and support
- Stipend: $3,500 (for both eight and ten week option)
- Room and board: on-campus housing and meal allowance
- Travel allowance: up to $500 for out of state students; up to $250 for California residents
Eligibility and selection criteria
SPUR-LABS solicits applications from outstanding students whose goal is to pursue a career in bioscience research. The program aims to prepare and inspire a diverse population of undergraduates for graduate study in the biosciences. Students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
- Prior to beginning the program, completion of at least two years of undergraduate study
- Participants may not be UCLA students; UCLA students should consider other summer research opportunities such as CARE SEM or Amgen Scholars
- Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
- Intention to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a bioscience field and not admitted or enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at the time the program begins
- Academic preparation and achievement
- Relevance of research interests, experiences, and goals
- Potential for the program to help the applicant achieve his/her career goals
- Potential to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers
Dr. Gregory Payne
Dr. Diana Azurdia
Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Box 951570, 2305 Life Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1570