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 early-on in their undergraduate research careers. Students will enroll in RES PRC 191A – Student Research Forum in Winter 2023, an academic and professional development seminar for undergraduate researchers. All students also qualify for financial support through 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 student status during Winter and Spring 2023 (enrolled in 12 units minimum each quarter)
  • Conduct your proposed research project during winter and spring quarters with your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor
  • Enroll in an SRP-99 or departmental 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. This course is mandatory. Students who are accepted into the URFP but do not complete the course will be dismissed from the program. 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
  • Submit a thank you letter to the donor(s) who supported your scholarship
  • Complete the exit survey in Spring 2023

SCHOLARSHIP/FUNDING

All students qualify for academic scholarships up to $3000. Scholarships are disbursed through the UCLA Financial Aid Office in two equal payments, once at the beginning of each quarter. Scholarship payments are applied to BruinBill.

*Important Financial Aid Implications: If you are receiving financial aid, your package may be adjusted so 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.

INFORMATION SESSION

Interested students are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the URFP.

A virtual info session will be held on October 12 at 3:00 PM. Click here to register.

An in-person info session will be held on October 20 at 3:00 PM in Boyer Hall, Room 130. No registration is required.

CONTACT

Alec Hernandez
Program Representative
ahernandez@college.ucla.edu