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Due to the risks associated with large number of student participation under the current threat of Global Pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day Event originally scheduled for Thursday April 30, 2020.

Brain Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BRI-SURE)

The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) sponsors a summer undergraduate research experience (BRI-SURE) pathway program for students currently participating in the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and other honors research programs whose goal is to increase diversity.

This program solicits applications from students from universities and colleges across the nation. BRI-SURE Pathway is an 8-10 week, intensive summer research-training program for exceptional students interested in pursuing research careers in Neuroscience or Physiology. The program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. graduate programs. The BRI-SURE residential program offers a summer stipend. The BRI-SURE non-residential program does not offer a summer stipend.

Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. UCLA SPUR Online application form,
  2. Academic transcript,
  3. Personal statement (limit to 1000 words) that describes your past, present or future leadership in and commitment to research and diversity in science,
  4. Summary of prior research, if any (limit to 1000 words),
  5. Two letters of recommendation from science faculty, and
  6. Paragraph (500 words or less) summarizing your interest in neuroscience or physiology

In a separate file, applicants need to rank in order of preference, the top three research training areas: Neuroendocrinology, Sex Differences, and Reproduction; Neural Repair; Neural Microcircuits; Neurobehavioral Genetics; Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology; or Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Submit additional application materials directly to

To learn more about how to apply to this program, please contact Dr. Dwayne D. Simmons (Program Director) or Mr. Alfredo Morales (program Representative) at

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Undergraduate Research

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