OVERVIEW

The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) is directed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences. The URFP is a two-quarter program that supports students who are conducting a STEM research project with a UCLA faculty during Winter and Spring 2021.

The URFP is designed to support students who are beginning to conduct STEM research or who are early-on in their STEM research careers. Fellows will enroll in HNRS-101A: Student Research Forum in Winter 2021 (T/R, 2:00-3:50pm), a professional and academic development seminar for STEM researchers. Fellows are eligible to receive scholarships up to $3,000. Applications are accepted in the fall.

Undergraduates conducting research projects in the humanities, arts, or social sciences should apply to the URFP administered by the Undergraduate Research Center – Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

ELIGIBILITY FOR 2020-2021

  • 2.5 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current STEM research project with a UCLA faculty
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2021 or later
  • Have not completed a prior year’s URFP or URSP
  • Not concurrently participating in the URSP in the same academic year
  • No citizenship requirement – undocumented and international students are welcome to apply

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain full-time status
  • Conduct the proposed research project with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor during Winter & Spring 2021
  • Enroll in a 99/196/198/199 independent research course with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor during Winter & Spring 2021
  • Enroll and receiving a passing grade in HNRS-101A: Student Research Forum during Winter 2021 (T/R, 2:00-3:50pm). This course is mandatory. Students who are accepted into the URFP but do not enroll in and receive a passing grade in HNRS-101A will be dismissed from the program and their scholarship will be recalled. There are no exceptions for this. Do not apply to the URFP if you have conflicting obligations with the HNRS-101A schedule.
  • Either:
    1. Present your research at Research Poster Day in Spring 2021; or
    2. Submit a summary of your research project  at the end of Spring 2021
  • Compose a thank you letter to the donor(s) that supported your scholarship
  • Complete the post-program survey in Spring 2021

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

  • All Fellows qualify for scholarships up to $3,000
  • Scholarships are disbursed in two equal payments over the duration of the program
  • *Important Financial Aid Implications: URFP scholarships are disbursed through the UCLA Financial Aid Office. If you are receiving financial aid, your package may be adjusted to ensure you do not exceed your financial need or cost of attendance. Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you can accept this scholarship. Applicants do not need to qualify for or be receiving financial aid to be eligible for the URFP scholarship.

APPLICATION

  • October 15 – November 15, 2020
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab. See the Application page for more information.

INFORMATION SESSION

Click here to watch the information session hosted on October 15, 2020.

Click here to review the chat Q&A.

CONTACT

Alec Hernandez
Program Representative
ahernandez@college.ucla.edu