A complete application consists of:

  1. The online application, submitted by the student on MyUCLA
  2. 1 Letter of Recommendation & Letter of Recommendation Form, submitted by your Faculty Research Mentor (instructions below)

Do not use symbols, Greek letters, italicization, or boldface words in the online submission. The MyUCLA Survey system being used does not support them and will convert them to incorrect characters. See example here.


  1. Background Information – 1000 characters max, including spaces, for each entry.
    1. List honors, awards, prizes, and recognition you have received within the last 3 years.
    2. List extracurricular and community activities you have participated in within the last 3 years.
    3. List prior research programs or activities you have participated in within the last 3 years.
    4. List any scientific papers and abstracts that you have authored, co-authored, or contributed to.
  2. Personal Statement – Briefly describe your academic and career goals and how this program will impact them. 3500 characters max, including spaces.
  3. Previous Research Experience – briefly summarize your previous research experience(s). Include the faculty you worked with, the length of your involvement, and a brief summary of your work. 1500 characters max, including spaces.
  4. Research Proposal:
    1. Title – provide a descriptive title for your proposed research project. 100 characters max, including spaces.
    2. Proposal – describe your proposed research project that you plan to undertake for the duration of this program. 3500 characters max, including spaces. Include the following:
      1. Introduction – provide sufficient background such that a scientifically-literate reader can understand and appreciate the work being described
      2. Hypothesis – describe the questions you will be addressing or that your work will test
      3. Materials and Methods – describe the tasks you will be performing, including laboratory techniques and equipment you will be learning and applying to address your hypothesis. Explain the type of data you will be collecting, if applicable.
      4. Expected Results – explain the predicted outcome based on your hypothesis and methods
    3. References (optional) – 2000 characters max, including spaces.


1 Letter of Recommendation and 1 Letter of Recommendation Form is required in addition to the online application. Both items should be submitted by the applicant’s Faculty Research Mentor to

Letter of Recommendation Form Instructions: The Letter of Recommendation Form can be downloaded here. Applicant’s should complete the top portion of the form and send to their Faculty Research Mentor to complete the remaining section and to submit.

Letter of Recommendation Instructions: Please attach a letter of support for your applicant. Please indicate how long you have known the applicant and in what capacity. Write candidly about the applicant’s qualifications for this program and about their potential for research and academic success. In describing the applicant, address attributes such as motivation, intellect, maturity, curiosity, strengths, and weaknesses. 2 pages max.