Undergraduate Programs

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) MARC at UCLA is an honors program that seeks to increase the number of highly-trained underrepresented biomedical and behavioral scientists in leadership positions to significantly impact the health-related research needs of the nation. MARC pays for a portion of tuition and fees; provides stipends to undertake research projects in UCLA faculty laboratories during the academic year; provides stipends to undertake research projects at other universities during the summer; provides funding for conference attendance and participation; and provides mentoring and preparation via honors courses, journal clubs and workshops.

Minor in Biomedical Research

The interdepartmental UCLA Minor in Biomedical Research combines extensive independent research in the laboratory with a curriculum designed to develop skills needed for success in research. The Minor is open to all students and strongly committed to enhancing the academic and professional development of students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds, who represent about a quarter of students in the Minor. The Minor’s introductory courses, Biomedical Research 5HA and Biomedical Research 10H, have been shown to promote very high rates of STEM retention, regardless of whether students stay in the Minor. Students interested in biomedical research can apply as early as freshman year.

Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS)

The UCLA Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS) is an intensive, 2-year program for incoming freshmen that promotes academic excellence and professional development for students pursuing degrees in the life sciences, physical sciences, or mathematics. The primary objective of the program is to increase the success and persistence of underrepresented and underserved students in the sciences. Despite coming from backgrounds where success in science is limited, PEERS students outperform their counterparts in GPA, engagement in undergraduate research, STEM persistences, time to graduation, graduation rates, and admissions to graduate schools.

Psychology Research Opportunities Programs (PROPS)

The Psychology Research Opportunities Programs (PROPS) a two-quarter program for undergraduates (sophomore, junior, senior) majoring in Psychology, Psychobiology, or Cognitive Science. Students accepted into this program receive a $2000 stipend, attend weekly seminars, get help with graduate school applications, conduct research with a psychology faculty mentor, network with peers, receive guidance in choosing graduate schools and present research at the end of the year at undergraduate research conferences.

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research — Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR- LABS)

SPUR- LABS: Summer Program for Undergraduate Research, SPUR, aims to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers by providing a rigorous research training experience for undergraduates with interests in a broad range of bioscience disciplines. The program provides exceptional research training, integrated with professional development activities, to prepare students to succeed in leading Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs. SPUR students receive a summer stipend; room and board; and travel allowances.

UC-HBCU Partnerships

This program funds internships that bring talented undergraduates from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to UC– to do research alongside faculty who are not only leaders in their field, but who also provide mentoring and skill-building opportunities, so students are well-positioned for graduate school.

  • The Diversity Project (P.I.: Dr. Paul Barber, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
  • The UC-HBCU Program in Genomics and Systems Biology (co-P.I.’s: Dr. Alex Hoffmann, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and Dr. Tracy Johnson, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology).

Undergraduate Resources & Groups

Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences (URC)

The Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences, URC The URC’s primary mission is to promote, develop, and celebrate undergraduate research in the sciences, with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education. The URC fosters retention in science majors and prepares students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, for academic and research careers.

Organization for African-American Students Excelling in STEM (OASES)

OASES provides support and guidance to African-American students in STEM fields. The organization brings Black students in STEM together, and among other activities, helps students identify resources available to them at UCLA.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS is a society of UCLA undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are dedicated to increasing the numbers of underrepresented students in higher education and in science. This group is open to ANYONE of ANY MAJOR who shares a common concern about equal access to education, any interest in outreach, and/or in need of opportunities in academic leadership and participation.

Undergraduate Diversity Requirement

Undergraduate Diversity Requirement

Undergraduate Diversity RequirementThe College diversity requirement is intended to help students better understand the perspectives of others whose histories, experiences, cultures, and social conditions may differ from their own. Every undergraduate at UCLA must complete one course from a faculty-approved list of diversity courses.