An Undergraduate Research Summer Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

2019 SMC/UCLA SSRP Cohort


The UCLA/SMC Summer Scholars Research Program is a 9-week, full-time undergraduate STEM research program that provides Santa Monica College (SMC) transfer students a summer research opportunity with a UCLA Faculty as well as enrichment workshops to assist in the transition to UCLA or another 4 year institution in the fall. Accepted students will be paired with a UCLA Faculty in their research area of interest.

In addition to working full time (40 hours per week) in a laboratory for 9 weeks, Summer Scholars will:

  • Attend weekly luncheons where students can meet and discuss science with invited faculty speakers and graduate students
  • Attend workshops on topics such as how to be “transfer ready” for a 4 year institution, how to write an abstract, and how to give a research presentation
  • Have access to UCLA campus facilities
  • Participate in social events to network with other summer researchers

The program is offered through the Santa Monica College Science & Research Initiative, an academic support program designed to help traditionally underrepresented students interested in STEM careers successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce.


  • Must be an SMC student enrolled in the SRI at SMC
  • Must have completed Counseling 12, Counseling 15, and Science 10 at SMC by the end of Spring 2020.
  • Must have applied to UCLA for Fall 2020. If you will not be transferring to a four year institution in Fall 2020 but have a strong interest in doing research and have completed the required courses, you may still be eligibleExceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or students with work authorization cards. AB-540 students are also eligible but they cannot be compensated.


  • Complete the full, 9-week summer program. The expected time commitment is 40 hours per week, including participating in program activities. The expectations of the program are substantial and therefore Scholars cannot take on any conflicting obligations during the program, including courses or employment
  • Participate fully in the life of the research group, respect the work of all members of the laboratory, and attend & participate in laboratory meetings or other gatherings
  • Attend all required conferences, workshops, weekly luncheons, and social events
  • Present a PowerPoint and poster presentation describing the summer research project
  • Complete a pre-program and post-program survey
  • Complete all necessary lab training courses prior to beginning work in the research lab. UCLA students should have completed all required classes prior to applying. Please see the Environmental Health & Safety training schedule for class dates and enrollment instructions.


Summer Scholars will receive compensation via payroll. Summer Scholars will be required to live in the dorms on campus and compensation will include room and board. If you are unable to live in campus housing, please contact the SMC STEM Lab staff to talk about possible alternative arrangements.


  • The Application is Now Closed
  • The UCLA/SMC SSRI application can be accessed on the application tab during the application period.