UCLA's B.I.G Summer Undergraduate Research Program

UCLA B.I.G Summer
UCLA B.I.G Summer

UCLA's Bruins-in-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research Program

UCLA is looking for promising undergraduates for their 5th year of UCLA’s B.I.G. Summer Research Program in Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology.


This 8-week program (June 22 - August 14, 2020) combines workshops in big data analysis with research experiences in diverse areas of quantitative and computational biosciences. Supported by grants from NSF, NIH, and the University of California, they will again provide up to 50 student fellowships and on-campus housing. Previous participants raved about the skills acquired, their research experience, the academic community and network.

Criteria for admission are a passion for biological or biomedical research, some background in quantitative reasoning, math, stats or equivalent, and an interest to contribute to the diversity and inclusive climate of the UCLA academic research community. Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. They would also like to emphasize that students may bring their research projects and thus function as catalysts for collaborations between their primary research faculty (at their own institution) and specific UCLA faculty.

UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QCB) includes 18 departments within the Divisions of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, the Samueli School of Engineering, and the David Geffen School of Medicine, including the recently launched Computational Medicine Department. QCB’s mission is to support quantitative and computational biosciences research, research training, and education, to address the challenges and leverage opportunities of the bio-data sciences revolution. Key activities include the QCB Collaboratory, a Postdoc Training Program, Interdepartmental Graduate Programs, and undergraduate majors and minors.