• May 15 – June 20
  • The online application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab.
  • The online application may be started in advance using the prompts below. All application materials are due by 11:59pm. Online applications still in progress at this time cannot be submitted.
  • Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted


A complete application consists of the online application and one letter of recommendation submitted by the applicant’s UCLA Faculty Research Mentor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials are complete and submitted on time.

Do not use symbols, Greek letters, italicization, or boldface words in your text submission for the Previous Research Statement or Research Proposal. The MyUCLA Survey system being used does not support these characters or formatting and will convert them incorrectly after submission. See example here.

Be advised that any spacing used to separate bodies of text will be lost after submission, and text will be received as one continuous block of text.


  1. Previous Research Statement – briefly summarize your previous research experience. Include your research mentor, the length of your involvement, a brief summary of your work, and, if applicable, any course credit you received. 100-1500 characters, including spaces.
  2. 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. If your project requires physical access to campus resources, describe how your project will be continued remotely if normal campus research operations do not resume by the start of Fall 2020. Include an introduction, hypothesis, materials and methods, and expected results. 500-3500 characters, including spaces. You are not required to use section headers.
      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 project will test
      3. Materials and Methods – describe the tasks you will be performing, including laboratory techniques 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. Works Cited (optional) – list any literature references you cited in your research proposal. 1500 characters max, including spaces. Due to the Research Proposal’s character limit, we recommend numerical in-text citations (e.g. “(1)”) if you choose to use in-text citations.
  3. Letter of Recommendation
    • One letter of recommendation must be written and submitted by your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor to the following email address:
    • Letters should be addressed to: Dr. Patricia Turner, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
    • Subject Line: URSP Letter of Recommendation for “Applicant’s Last Name, Applicant’s First Name”
    • PDF files only
    • File name: “Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name – URSP LOR.pdf
    • Written on an official letterhead
    • 2 pages maximum