UCLA Neuroscience Scholars (NeuroScholars) Program
The UCLA Neuroscience Scholars (NeuroScholars) Program was formed in 2017 with the mission to provide impactful research training and guidance to exceptional undergraduates that are committed to pursuing careers in discovery neuroscience. NeuroScholars are paired with a UCLA faculty mentor based on their research interests. In the first 2 weeks of the program, students participate in a hands-on laboratory course ("NeuroBootcamp") that teaches fundamental principles and experimental approaches for neuroscience research. For the remaining 8 weeks of the program, students conduct independent research projects in the laboratories of their faculty mentors. Throughout the course of the program, students interact closely with additional faculty advisors by participating in research seminars, journal clubs and lunches. They also attend career development and training workshops organized by UCLA's Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).
Our NeuroScholars are chosen through a rigorous and competitive selection process. In order to remove the financial burden and allow them to fully immerse themselves in our 10 week program, we rely on the generosity of our UCLA Neuroscience donors to cover the cost of the program. The cost per student is approximately $9,000, including 10 weeks of on-campus housing, and a small stipend for cost-of-living. With your help, we can cultivate the future leaders of neuroscience through this once-in-a-lifetime enrichment experience learning from world-renowned neuroscientists.