OVERVIEW

The Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP) is a two-year program that prepares juniors and seniors for graduate studies and careers in biomedical research by improving their comprehension of scientific literature and sharpening their presentation skills. i2URP scholars work with program faculty during weekly Journal Club and Research Presentation meetings (RP 193, Fridays 4:00-6:30pm), which explore current biomedical research topics and the cohort’s independent research projects. By participating in the program, students will develop science communication and presentation skills, practice analyzing scientific literature, and expand their understanding of the research process. Students apply as juniors and participate in the program through the end of their senior year.

ELIGIBILITY FOR 2021-2023

  • 3.5 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current research project with a UCLA faculty and plan to work with them through Spring 2023
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2023 or later
  • Junior or senior standing at the beginning of Fall 2021
  • Interested in pursuing graduate studies and careers in biomedical research

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend and participate in weekly Journal Club and Research Presentation meetings (Fridays, 4:00-6:30pm) from late fall to spring. Students will formally enroll in Neurobiology M171 (Variable Topics Research Seminars – Contemporary Biology) during Winter and Spring 2022 and 2023.
  • Meet quarterly with the Administrative Director
  • Submit an abstract by April 15 to present at Undergraduate Research Week in May 2022 & 2023
  • Submit an abstract to at least one regional or national conference by Spring 2023
  • Attend the senior sendoff in May 2022 and 2023, and present your research project in May 2023
  • Complete the exit survey in Spring 2023
  • Complete the Neurobio M171 course evaluation in Spring 2022 and 2023

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

APPLICATION

  • September 20 – October 7, 2021
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. See the Application page for more information.

CONTACT

Alec Hernandez
Program Representative
i2URP@college.ucla.edu