Summer Research Program in Life and Biomedical Sciences at UCLA

Christie Julien – December 8th, 2016

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


  • 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


Eight week option: June 25 – August 19, 2017
Ten week option: June 25 – September 2, 2017

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.

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.