Summer Research Program for International Students

Overview/Program Purpose

This program is open to qualified nursing students from any undergraduate institution in the United States currently holding junior status. Preference will be given to first generation college students.

This program offers junior nursing undergraduates with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work on research projects with nursing faculty mentors. The eight-week program (June 2015 to August 2015) is designed for students who plan to pursue the PhD Degree and enter academic careers in nursing. Included in the eight weeks will be formal and informal discussion on career options, GRE preparation and other activities. Each student participant will be assigned to a faculty mentor matched as closely as possible to the student's research interests and career goals. Participants will either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or, with approval of faculty, work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest. Research areas are: Biobehavioral Sciences, Biologic Sciences, Health Disparities/Vulnerable Populations and Health Services Research.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • For qualified nursing students currently holding undergraduate junior status.
  • Preference given to first-generation college students and applicants who are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities Programs (TCUP). 
  • Cumulative, minimum GPA of 2.80.

Scholars will be asked to update information on their educational and career activities for a period of up to three years after the completion of the program. This tracking is done solely to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. It is critical that we conduct this long-term evaluation in order to maintain continued funding for the program. The information collected remains strictly confidential.


All program participants (including UCLA undergraduates) are required to reside in assigned University housing. Out of state students will be provided with up to $450 for round-trip travel from home to UCLA. Students traveling within California will be provided with a maximum of $200 for travel expenses. A stipend in the amount of $2,400 stipend is issued in weekly payments of $300. This stipend is to be used for: personal expenses, supplies (zip disks, etc) and extracurricular activities.

Program Components

Applying to Graduate School
Career Options
Funding Graduate School
Graduate Student Panel
GRE Prep Course
Library Orientation
Personal Statement
PowerPoint Presentations
Preparing a Conference Presentation
Research Poster Presentation


All application materials and supporting documents must be received by March 31, 2015. Preference will be given to applications that are completed by the program's deadline. Notification of decisions will be made by the end of May 2015.

How To Apply

You must submit an Online Application & Support Materials. Please make sure you submit a complete application by sending all pertinent supporting materials via mail or private carrier.

Complete Supporting Materials for the School of Nursing

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • An official copy of your Transcript (with Fall 2014 grades posted). If Fall 2014 grades are not posted, your application will be incomplete and not reviewed.
  • Personal Statement
  • Financial Statement
  • Verification of your Current Financial Aid Package. If you are currently receiving financial aid, the program requires a copy of one of the following documents: Financial Aid Award Letter, Financial Aid Contract or Financial Aid Transcript covering the 2014-2015 academic year.

If you are an International applicant, please contact Rhonda Flenoy-Younger, Director of Recruitment, Outreach and Admissions, at, prior to applying for admissions.

For further information

Rhonda Flenoy-Younger
(310) 825-9193