Dedicated faculty mentorship
2-week hands-on lab course
8-week research experience
Undergraduate Neuroscience Scholars Program
Apply Before Feb 1
How are NeuroScholars Chosen?
• A selection committee comprised of UCLA faculty will select 10-12 applications based on:
• Academic merit
• Strength of interest in neuroscience research
• Commitment to pursuing a neuroscience-related Ph.D. program
• Strength of letter of recommendations
• Selected applicants will be notified in early March 2018
What do UCLA NeuroScholars receive? • A $5000 stipend
• A 2-week hands on laboratory research course
• A 8-week neuroscience research experience in a UCLA laboratory
• Close interactions with a dedicated faculty mentor
• Organized lunches with select faculty
• Participation in career development workshops, organized by UCLA SPUR:
• Considering the MD/Ph.D.
• Applying to the Ph.D.
• Creating Abstracts and Posters
• Research Ethics and Statistics
• Faculty Panel: The Life of a Professor
• Career Panel: Industry, Research Associates, Government, Education
• Participation in research seminars and journal clubs
• Participation in UCLA’s Summer Research poster session
Who is eligible to apply?• Current sophomore and junior undergraduates in Neuroscience, Physiological Sciences,
Psychobiology and other neurobiology-related fields. Candidates must be enrolled at UCLA or any other accredited University in the United States
• Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above
• Plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
• Must be able to devote full-time effort over the entire duration of the 10 week program
• Previous research experience is preferred
• Email all inquiries to NeuroScholars@ucla.edu
The UCLA Neuroscience Scholars program is a 10-week intensive summer research training experience for exceptional UCLA sophomore and junior undergraduates that are committed to pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience. Neuroscience Scholars will be paired with a UCLA faculty mentor based on their research interests. The first 2 weeks of the program will consist of hands-on lab workshops and lectures that cover fundamental experimental approaches for neuroscience research. For the remaining 8 weeks of the program, students will conduct discovery research in the laboratories of their faculty mentors.
How do I apply? By February 1, 2018:• Submit an online application form through UCLA SPUR
• Compile the following in 1 PDF file and email to NeuroScholars@ucla.edu
• Personal statement <1000 words summarizing your neuroscience research interests
• List of 3-5 neuroscience-related faculty mentors that you would like to work with.
If you are currently in a laboratory and prefer to continue a research project with your
current mentor, please indicate this along with other potential faculty mentors.
• Your resume or CV
• Your academic transcript
• Optional: Research statement <1000 words on your previous research experiences
• Have two letters of recommendation from science faculty emailed directly to NeuroScholars@ucla.edu