The CARE SEM Summer Program is a 10-week opportunity for UCLA undergraduates to undertake research with a UCLA faculty and receive professional development through workshops and seminars. For summer 2021, the program will be held remotely and run from Monday, June 21, 2021 – Friday, August 27, 2021. Students undertaking remote or in person research with a UCLA faculty are eligible. Depending on campus research activities, the full or part time status of the program may change. Half time scholarships may be offered in addition or instead of a full time scholarship.


  • Be a UCLA student in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above (in the previous quarter and overall)
  • Have a faculty mentor and have completed all required trainings for your laboratory*
  • Identify with at least one of the following (including AB 540 (or DACA) students):
    • from an educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged background
    • of African, Hispanic, Native American, or Native Pacific Islander descent
    • have a registered disability
  • Not be currently receiving other summer funding of any type for work done in the laboratory (e.g. work study)
  • Be interested in pursuing a PhD or dual degree that includes a PhD (e.g. MD/PhD, DVM/PhD, DDS/PhD)

*If you have not done research at UCLA, you should attend a Student Research Program (SRP) workshop. The workshops cover how to find a research mentor. Students should have a faculty mentor and be doing research in a lab by the start of spring quarter in order to be best prepared for CARE SEM Summer Program.


  • Must be able to complete the entire ten week program (approximately 40 hours per week of research, either in person or remote research).
  • Attend all required workshops, seminars, and social events, which for summer 2021 will be held remotely, and complete all assignments
  • Give a research presentation (either an oral or poster presentation) at the end of the program
  • Complete a post-program survey


  • Program participants can receive a stipend of up to $6000 over 10 weeks.
  • Your application to the CARE SEM Summer Program will be considered for the following scholarships to support your summer research experience:
    • The IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) funded by the National Institutes of Health
    • CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) funded by the National Science Foundation
    • Private donations
  • Eligibility for this program is constrained by the availability of funds of each funding source listed above and their associated eligibility restrictions. Upon acceptance, you will be contacted by the individual scholarship with an offer.


  • Applications for summer 2021 are now open!
  • All application materials are due by 11:59 pm on Mon, March 15, 2021


CARE SEM Summer Program
Phone: 310-206-2182
Email: carefs@lifesci.ucla.edu