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The UCLA Bioscience Scholars Summer Program (formerly SPUR-LABS) 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).

The UCLA Bioscience Scholars is one of several programs comprising UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).


  • 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 presenting
  • 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: (Tentative) June 20 to August 14
  • Ten week option:  (Tentative) June 20 to August 28

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

Applications for the summer 2022 program are due by February 4, 2022, 5:00PM PST.

Apply to the UCLA Bioscience Scholars Program

Research opportunities with UCLA faculty

Bioscience Scholars 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, Epigenomics & Transcriptomics
  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis
  • Medical Informatics
  • Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics & Biology in Medicine

Stipend and support

  • Stipend: $4,000 for 8 weeks, $5000 for 10 weeks
  • Room and board: on-campus housing
  • Travel allowance: up to $500 for out of state students; up to $250 for California residents
  • Fee waiver for UCLA Graduate Application

Eligibility and selection criteria

The Bioscience Scholars program 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 biosciences. Students from underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or AB 540
  • 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


Program Directors
Dr. Gregory Payne
Dr. Diana Azurdia

Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Attn: Bioscience Scholars Program
Box 951722, 300 Geffen Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1722

The Bioscience Scholars Program is sponsored by UCLA Graduate Programs in Bioscience, in association with UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research and the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences.

Go to the Bioscience Scholars Application