OVERVIEW

The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP) is a two-quarter program that supports UCLA students who are conducting a life science, physical science, or engineering research project with a UCLA faculty during Winter and Spring 2023.

The URFP is designed to support students who are beginning to conduct research or who are early-on in their undergraduate research careers. Students will enroll in RES PRC 191A – Student Research Forum in Winter 2023 (T/R, 2:00-3:50pm), a professional and academic development seminar for undergraduate STEM researchers. All students are also eligible to receive an academic scholarship up to $3,000. Applications are accepted in the fall.

Students 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 2022-2023

  • 2.5 GPA minimum
  • Must have a current life science, physical science, or engineering research project with a UCLA faculty
  • Expected graduation date of Spring 2023 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 during Winter and Spring 2023
  • Conduct the proposed research project during winter and spring quarters with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor
  • Enroll in a 99, 196, 198, or 199 research course with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor for both quarters
  • Enroll and receiving a passing grade in RES PRC 191A during Winter 2023 (T/R, 2:00-3:50pm). This course is mandatory. Students who are accepted into the URFP but do not complete the course will be dismissed from the program and their scholarship will be recalled. There are no exceptions. Do not apply to the URFP if you have conflicting obligations with the RES PRC 191A schedule.
  • Either:
    1. Present your research at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase in May 2023; or
    2. Submit a summary of your research project  at the end of Spring 2023
  • Compose a thank you letter to the donor(s) who supported your scholarship
  • Complete the post-program survey in Spring 2023

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

  • All students qualify for an academic scholarship 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, 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
ahernandez@college.ucla.edu