Summer Program for Undergraduate Research – Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS) – Apply by Frb. 1st!

The UCLA SPUR-LABS summer program provides a rigorous research training experience for undergraduates with interests in a broad range of bioscience disciplines—from molecules to organisms and from basic to translational science. Exceptional research training, integrated with professional development activities, will prepare students to succeed in leading Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs. The program aims to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers and is designed for students participating in honors research programs that foster transition to doctoral programs (such as Maximizing Access to Research Careers–MARC, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development – IMSD, and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – LSAMP).

SPUR-LABS is one of several programs comprising UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).

Highlights

  • • Hands on research experience mentored by an outstanding UCLA faculty member
  • • Training in a world class research environment that includes medical school and college bioscience programs close together on one campus
  • • Academic and professional development advising
  • • Weekly seminars and workshops on career skills including science writing and presentating
  • • Science writing skills tutor for developing an abstract to submit to national conferences
  • • Individualized guidance on applying to graduate school including GRE preparation
  • • Networking with bioscience students and faculty

Dates

  • • Eight week option: June 19–August 13, 2016
  • • Ten week option: June 19–August 26, 2016

All participants will take part in the same activities, including a poster presentation at the end of the eighth week. Participants in the ten week program will have two additional weeks to work in the laboratory and prepare the final research paper.


Application period

The application for Summer 2016 is now openApply before the February 1st deadline.

Research opportunities with UCLA faculty

SPUR-LABS participants will be matched with an appropriate faculty member based on research interests. There are over 400 faculty mentors in the following ten research areas.

  • • Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Structural Biology
  • • Bioinformatics
  • • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • • Gene Regulation
  • • Genetics & Genomics
  • • Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis
  • • Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
  • • Molecular Pharmacology
  • • Neuroscience
  • • Physics & Biology in Medicine

Stipend and support

  • Stipend: $3,500 (for both eight and ten week option)
  • Room and board: on-campus housing and meal allowance
  • Travel allowance: up to $500 for out of state students; up to $250 for California residents

Eligibility and selection criteria

SPUR-LABS solicits applications from outstanding students whose goal is to pursue a career in bioscience research. The program aims to prepare and inspire a diverse population of undergraduates for graduate study in the biosciences. Students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • • Prior to beginning the program, completion of at least two years of undergraduate study
  • • Participants may not be UCLA students; UCLA students should consider other summer research opportunities such as CARE SEM or Amgen Scholars
  • • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
  • • Intention to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a bioscience field and not admitted or enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at the time the program begins

Selection criteria

  • • Academic preparation and achievement
  • • Relevance of research interests, experiences, and goals
  • • Potential for the program to help the applicant achieve his/her career goals
  • • Potential to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers

Contact

Program Directors
Dr. Gregory Payne
Dr. Diana Azurdia
spurlabs@mednet.ucla.edu

Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Attn: SPUR-LABS
Box 951570, 2305 Life Sciences
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1570

SPUR-LABS is sponsored by UCLA Graduate programs in Bioscience, in association with UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research and the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences.

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