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UCLA Summer Research Mentorship Program

UCLA Summer Research Mentorship Program

Program Overview

The Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program is designed to provide financial support for doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and other disciplines where students have little opportunity for academic apprentice appointments or other university funding relevant to their graduate training during the summer months. A specific objective of the program is to promote opportunities for students to work closely with a faculty mentor in developing a paper for presentation at an academic conference and/or for publication. General goals are to facilitate close working relationships between faculty and students during the early stages of graduate education, to promote timely degree progress, and to encourage a level of creative scholarship and research productivity that help prepare students for successful academic careers.

Participants are expected to complete a draft of a paper (either single-authored by the student or co-authored with the faculty mentor) by the end of the summer. This paper should be submitted for presentation at a professional conference and/or for publication sometime during the following academic year. It is expected that the faculty mentor will be in residence during the summer and committed to working closely with the student. The entire group of student participants and their mentors will be asked to attend occasional meetings to discuss their specific goals and progress and to provide general feedback on the program. The Graduate Division will offer selected programmatic activities (e.g., workshops on such topics as writing for publication, human subjects protection issues, grantsmanship, career opportunities, making presentations, etc.), and student participants are expected to make every effort to participate in these activities. The human subjects protection workshop is mandatory. Students will automatically be signed-up for 8 units of directed individual study (course #596) over the summer. Course fees will not be assessed to program participants. However, Summer Sessions will assess the University usage fee, which the student pays. For 2004, this fee was $41. It may increase for 2005.


The program is open to doctoral students in the disciplines indicated above who - by the program's start - will have completed at least one year of graduate study and not more than four years of graduate study. Students who have advanced to candidacy are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


The program begins June 20, 2005 and ends August 26, 2005.


Program participants will receive a maximum $4,500 stipend. Travel funds (up to $500) will be available on a reimbursement basis to support travel to one conference for each participant whose paper is accepted for presentation during the next academic year (i.e., Fall 2005 through Spring 2006).

Graduate Research Mentorship Recipient - Conference Travel Form - Acrobat (iPDF) (83KB)


The deadline for receipt of all application materials and supporting documents is April 4, 2005.


A complete application must include the following:
1. A completed Online Student Application Form.
2. One Letter of Recommendation - Acrobat (PDF) (12KB)
Should be from the faculty member who will serve as the mentor, describing the mentor relationship and the project that the student will complete during the summer. It is expected that the faculty mentor will be in residence during the summer and committed to working closely with the student.
3. An Overview of Research Paper - Acrobat (PDF) (7KB)
For presentation at a regional or national conference and, potentially, for publication.
4. An unofficial copy of your Graduate Transcript (with Fall 2004 grades posted). Note: Degree Progress Reports are not acceptable.
5. A copy of your Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

All documents must be returned to:

UCLA Graduate Division
ATTN: Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program
1252 Murphy Hall, Box 951419
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1419

For further information please contact:

Ms. Liz Taylor, Program Coordinator, at (310) 825-3623

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