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. Students work with program faculty during weekly Journal Club and Research Presentation meetings (RES PRC 193, Fridays 4:00-6:30 PM), 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 2022-2024

  • 3.5 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current research project with a UCLA faculty and plan to work with them through Spring 2024
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2024 or later
  • Junior or senior standing at the beginning of Fall 2022
  • Interested in pursuing graduate studies and careers in biomedical research

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend and participate in weekly Journal Club and Research Presentation meetings (Fridays, 4:00-6:30 PM) from late fall to spring. Students will formally enroll in RES PRC 193 during Winter 2023, Spring 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024. During Fall 2022, four required meetings will be held on October 28, November 4 and 18, and December 2. The program is on hiatus over the summer.
  • Meet quarterly with the Administrative Director
  • Present at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase in May 2023 & 2024
  • Submit an abstract to at least one regional or national conference by Spring 2024
  • Attend the senior sendoff in May 2023 and 2024, and present your research project in May 2024
  • Complete the exit survey in Spring 2024
  • Complete the RES PRC 193 course evaluation in Spring 2023 and 2024

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

The i2URP does not fund student scholarships. Accepted students are encouraged to apply for academic research scholarships through the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) during their first year in the program and through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) during their second year in the program.

APPLICATION

  • September 19 – October 13, 2022
  • 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