• May 15 – June 20, 2023
  • The online application can be accessed as a Survey on MyUCLA under the “Campus Life” tab.
  • The online application may be started in advance using the prompts below. All application materials are due by 11:59 PM. Online applications still in progress at this time cannot be submitted.
  • Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.


A complete application consists of the online MyUCLA application and one letter of recommendation submitted by the applicant’s UCLA Faculty Research Mentor. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all materials are complete and submitted on time.


  1. Previous Research Statement – briefly summarize your previous research experience. Include your research mentor, the length of your involvement, a brief summary of your work, and, if applicable, any course credit you received. 100-1500 characters, including spaces.
  2. Research Proposal
    1. Title – provide a descriptive title for your proposed research project. 100 characters max, including spaces.
    2. Proposal – describe your proposed research project that you plan to undertake for the duration of this program. Include an introduction, hypothesis, materials and methods, and expected results. 500-3500 characters, including spaces. You are not required to use section headers.
      1. Introduction – provide sufficient background such that a scientifically literate reader can understand and appreciate the work being described
      2. Hypothesis – describe the questions you will be addressing or that your project will test
      3. Materials and Methods – describe the tasks you will be performing, including laboratory techniques you will be learning and applying to address your hypothesis. Explain the type of data you will be collecting (if applicable)
      4. Expected Results – explain the predicted outcome based on your hypothesis and methods
    3. Works Cited (optional) – list any literature references you cited in your research proposal. 1500 characters max, including spaces. Due to the Research Proposal’s character limit, we recommend numerical in-text citations (e.g. “(1)”) if you choose to use in-text citations.


One letter of recommendation must be written and submitted by your UCLA Faculty Research Mentor to the following email address:

*NOTE: Faculty Research Mentors will not receive an automated invitation to submit a letter of recommendation. Faculty should email their letters to the address above by the application deadline.

  • Letters should be addressed to: Dr. Adriana Galván, Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Subject Line: URSP Letter of Recommendation for [Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name]
  • PDF files only
  • File name: [Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name] – URSP LOR.pdf
  • Written on an official letterhead
  • 2 pages maximum