Undergraduate Summer Research Programs


The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) sponsors a summer undergraduate research experience (BRI-SURE) pathway program for students currently participating in the Maximizing 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-week, intensive summer research- training program for exceptional students interested in pursuing research careers in Neuroscience or Physiology.

HBCU Summer

The UCLA-HBCU Neuroscience Pathways program is an eight-week summer enrichment program for undergraduate students that attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States. The program is open to any undergraduate student that majors in a natural science and is in good standing an HBCU. The goals of the program are: 1) to increase the impact on students and faculty at both HBCU partner institutions and UCLA and, 2) to incentivize quality mentorship of the interns in our UCLA host labs.


The Superior Opportunities for Maximizing Access (SOMA) to Neuroscience Program is named after the cell bodies of neurons housing the genetic programs for the critical functions of those neurons. The SOMA-Neuroscience program supports a deeper Hispanic/LatinX participation in neuroscience, and ultimately pursuit of a neuroscience doctoral degree. Starting in 2022, we will select and invite a small group of interested students (3-7 students annually) from one of 4 partner Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSIs (CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills, and CSU San Bernardino) for an 8-week summer immersive, in-person experience at UCLA to do research in a host laboratory.