The Integrated and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (i2URP) is a two-year academic development 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.


  • 3.5 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current research project with a UCLA faculty and plan to work with them through Spring 2025
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2026 or later
  • Junior or senior standing at the beginning of Fall 2024
  • Interested in pursuing graduate studies and careers in biomedical research


  • 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 2025, Spring 2025, Winter 2026, and Spring 2026. The program is on hiatus over the summer.
  • Meet quarterly with the Administrative Director
  • Present at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase in May 2025 & 2026
  • Submit an abstract to at least one regional or national conference by Spring 2026
  • Attend the senior sendoff in May 2025 and 2026, and present your research project in May 2026
  • Complete the exit survey in Spring 2026
  • Complete the RES PRC 193 course evaluation in Spring 2025 and 2026


The i2URP does not award scholarships to student participants. i2URP scholars 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.


  • The application will be available in Fall 2024.
  • The application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab during the application period. See the Application page for more information.


Dr. David Gray
Program Director