SPUR – Programs and Disciplines

The chart below provides a quick reference of participating summer programs at UCLA and their related academic fields. Additional research programs available at UCLA during the summer, see other UCLA programs.


Program Name Open to Depts/Disciplines Academic Level
Amgen Scholars Program Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biopsychology; Biotechnology; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Immunology; Medical Pharmacology; Microbiology; Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Medicine; Molecular Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiological Psychology; Physiological Science; Statistics; Toxicology.
Sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), Juniors and non-graduating Seniors who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate experience.
B.I.G. Summer (Bruins in Genomics) Life and physical science departments, computer science and bioengineering.  Students need to have some background in programming, some biology, and interest in Genomics. Masters and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.  Students entering their junior and senior year will have priority.

Students with PhD programs already in progress are ineligible.

Brain Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience For Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholars in Neuroscience or Physiology. Undergraduate.
California State University (CSU) Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program Must already be a California State University Sally Casanova Predoctoral Scholar. Juniors, Seniors and Master’s-Level Students.
CARE Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Summer Research Program Open to all departments and disciplines in Science, Engineering & Math. For UCLA students only entering junior or senior year.
HBCU – The Diversity Project Students in Life Science majors with an interest in research careers. Current sophomore or junior standing, or non-graduating seniors.
HBCU – Evolutionary Medicine Must be student at an HBCU institution.

Inderdisciplinary interest in ecology and evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, zoology, systems biology and microbiology with medicine.

Current junior or senior.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Writing and Research Training Program Open to students who are currently Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows at their home institutions.
Rising juniors and seniors
Summer Nursing Program Nursing Juniors
Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research: Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS) Life and Biomedical Sciences Juniors & Seniors
University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degree 2nd Summer Must already be in the UC system-wide UC LEADS Program. Open to all departments and disciplines in Science, Engineering & Math. UC LEADS students, from other UC campuses, who have completed their first year in the program.
UCLA Howard, Clark-Atlanta, Spelman Summer Research and Admissions Pathways Program Must be student at Howard University, Clark-Atlanta University, or Spelman College.

Biological Sciences, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Math, Physical Sciences.

Undergraduate students, preference will be given to students in their junior or senior years.
UCLA-HBCU Neuroscience Pathways Program
Must be student at an HBCU institution. Undergraduate Students
UCLA-HBCU Research Program in Developing Earthquake Resilient Residential Communities Must be student at an HBCU institution.

Civil engineering.

Undergraduate with preference given to students entering their junior or senior year.
UCLA Neuroscience Scholars Program (NeuroScholars) Neuroscience, Physiological Sciences, Psychobiology, and other neurobiology-related fields. Sophomores and junior undergraduates.