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High School and Undergraduate Programs 

“Pipeline Programs” engage young people in scientific research to kindle their interest in biomedical research and set them on a path toward a research career. CTSI supports pipeline programs that provide local high school students and UCLA undergraduates with hands-on, mentored experiences assisting with clinical research, preparing scientific presentations and journal articles, and conducting science experiments. Our high school pipeline program has an important emphasis on students from minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research and the health professions.

On this page, you can find information about CTSI-supported pipeline programs, and information about hiring work-study undergraduate students for on-campus and off-campus jobs, including those related to research.

About

The High School Clinical Scholars Program introduces underserved minority students to clinical research to encourage them to enter careers in biomedical science research. The program started in 2001 and has been highly successful. All former students who participated in a survey reported they had gone on to college—75% of them to UCLA—and half said they had engaged in research as undergraduate or graduate students.

Long Beach Polytechnic High School currently participates in this program. With donor support, CTSI will expand to other local high schools that educate underserved minority students.

Long Beach Polytechnic High School Program

Students with an interest in biomedical research enroll in a semester-long, for-credit honors program in which they receive d instruction in experimental design, patient safety and ethics; and mentored research at one of the CTSI medical-research sites—either UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. High school seniors taking honors courses or advanced placement courses are eligible to enroll.  The program accepts 10-17 students each year.  The course is 21 weeks long, six hours per week consisting of activities at LB Poly and activities at one of the three medical centers.  Activities at LB Poly include journal club, seminars, and biomedical ethics discussions.The course concludes with student presentations of each project at a poster presentation which is held at Cedars-Sinai.

Read about a recent High School Clinical Scholars poster session.

The course curriculum is outlined below.

Week Hospital (3 hours/week) High School (1 hour/week)
1 Hospital and Library Tour
Access to Medline and PubMed
Course Introduction
Meet the Program Directors
2 Meet your Mentor
Choose a Journal article
Seminar by a GCRC Investigator
3 Experimental Design I How to Read a Scientific Paper
4 Experimental Design II
Spread Sheet Creation
Journal Club
5 Statistical Analytics I
Patient Safety
Journal Club
6 Statistical Analysis II
Data Safety Monitoring
Seminar by a GCRC Investigator
7 Attend an IRB Meeting Midterm Exam
8 Attend an Ethics Seminar
Ethics Rondtable Discussion
Journal Club
9 Protocol work with Mentor Journal Club
10 Protocol work with Mentor Preparing-a-Poster Seminar
11 Protocol Work with Mentor Protocol Presentation: Team 1
12 Protocol Work with Mentor Protocol Presentation: Team 2
13 Protocol Work with Mentor Protocol Presentation: Team 3
14 Poster Assembly with Scientists Poster Session at High School

Outcomes

A high percentage of students were accepted to the college of their choice and continued to participate in biomedical research as undergraduate and graduate students. Outcomes depicted below are based on survey responses from 42 of 67 total High School Clinical Scholars from 2001-05. (Response rate is 63%.)

Contacts

For more information please contact:
Program Instructor:  Michelle Aberle, DDS, LB Poly at maberle@lbschools.net
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:  Arlene Verne at vernea@cshs.org
LABioMed/Harbor UCLA:  Lynne Smith, MD at smith@labiomed.org  or William Stringer, MD at wstringer@labiomed.org
UCLA Westwood:  Lisa Chan at lchan@mednet.ucla.edu

CTSI Research Associates Program (CTSI-RAP)

The UCLA CTSI Research Associates Program (CTSI-RAP) aims to provide undergraduate UCLA students with the opportunity to gain exposure to hospital based medicine as well as clinical research in an academic medical center. To learn about the program, visit the CTSI-RAP webpage.

About

The CTSI supports the following undergraduate opportunities:

UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal - an annual print publication which showcases research and review articles written by UCLA students. From start to finish, journal production is led by an undergraduate staff consisting of reviewers, editors, and layout editors. All journal articles are peer reviewed and edited by undergraduates selected from diverse science backgrounds.

Each year, USJ staff members are honored with a certificate awarded by Vice Provost Judith Smith at an annual banquet. In addition, Executive Board members and the most outstanding research and review articles also receive the Vice Provost Award of Excellence.

Undergraduate Science Poster Day - Powell Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates student research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in humanities, arts, and social sciences research, the week provides opportunities for students to present their research to the campus and broader community. Undergraduate Research Week 2014 also includes Science Poster Day, sponsored in part by the CTSI, for students in the life sciences, physical sciences. and engineering.

Undergraduate Science Journal

If you are interested in browsing through a past issue of the UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal, several copies are available at the UCLA College and Bio-Med libraries, the Honors Office, the Pre-Professional Advising Office, and the offices of the undergraduate science counselors. A sampling of articles from previous editions is below.

Research Articles

Characterizing the Karyophilic Property of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) Integrase

Enhancing the Detection of Urinary Tract Infections Using Two-Phase Aqueous Micellar Systems

Oxidized Phospholipids Regulate Interleukin-6 Expression via the Protein Kinase A and Extracellular Signal-regulated Pathways in Osteoblasts

Review Articles

Fostering a New Generation of Scientists: Integrating Research into Undergraduate Science Education

The Many Faces of Cholesterol: How Modifications in LDL and HDL Alter Their Potential to Promote or Prevent Atherosclerosis

The Competitive Nature of Declarative and Nondeclarative Memory Systems: Converging Evidence from Animal and Human Brain Studies

Undergraduate Science Poster Day

Powell Undergraduate Research Week showcases and celebrates student research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Open to all UCLA undergraduates engaged in humanities, arts, and social sciences research, the week provides opportunities for students to present their research to the campus and broader community. Undergraduate Research Week 2014 also includes Science Poster Day for students in the life sciences, physical sciences. and engineering. To view past poster sessions sponsored by the CTSI, click the below links.

2014
Undergraduate Research Week and Poster Day

Science Poster Day Abstracts

Contacts

Website: http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/usj/

Student editors: usjucla@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Tama Hasson
    Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research
            Director, Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences
            Adjunct Associate Professor, Integrative Biology & Physiology Department
thasson@college.ucla.edu

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that enables students to earn money for college costs through part-time employment. The federal government pays a portion of the students’ wages and the employer pays the balance.

The UCLA Work-Study employer portal contains information on how to advertise for and hire an undergraduate work-study student for on-campus and off-campus jobs. Job postings for the academic year are typically submitted from late summer to early fall. For more information, please go to the Work-Study employer portal.

Students who are interested in Work-Study positions can go to the UCLA Work-Study student portal.

High School

The programs listed below are not sponsored by the CTSI. They are listed here for informational purposes.

CDU Saturday Science Academy (pre-school to high school)
The Saturday Science Academy II (SSA) is the heart and lungs of the Charles R. Drew University Science Pipeline, breathing inspiration and pumping an “I can do it” belief into young children. The SSA opens the doors to curiosity and develops the investigative mind that is crucial for successful scientists and health care professionals. The SSA dispels the myth that the fields of science are either to boring, too hard, or inaccessible to African-American and Latino youth.

CDU/NIH STEP-UP Program
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health is the sponsor for the STEP-UP Program. The program provides an opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to conduct biomedical research for eight (8) to ten (10) weeks in the summer in labs throughout the country.

CDU Project STRIDE
Project STRIDE will provide an in-depth health science immersion experience to underrepresented high school students, though all program enrollees will be primarily from King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Health Sciences Academy and other high schools in the Watts community of South Los Angeles.

LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA Summer Fellowship Program
The Summer Fellowship Program is for outstanding high school seniors to work in a scientific and medical research environment so they can gain firsthand experience in biomedical research. As part of LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA’s Summer Fellowship Program, just a handful of students are chosen each year by a committee consisting of LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center faculty members for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

CityLab at UCLA
CityLab at UCLA is a science educational program run by UCLA undergraduate and graduate students to introduce high school students in the Los Angeles area to the rapidly developing world of biotechnology though “hands on” laboratory experience.

UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI)
The BRI offers a number of programs for K-12 students to learn about neuroscience.

UCLA Pre-College Science Education Program
The Pre-College Science Education Program is for gifted but educationally disadvantaged high school students to scientific research and potential careers in the health sciences.

Undergraduate

The programs listed below are not sponsored by the CTSI. They are listed here for informational purposes.

LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA U*Star & RISE Programs
The Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to increase the number of biomedical and behavioral scientists particularly from underrepresented groups. The MARC program is designed to successfully prepare students for Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences, which include biology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, and computer science.
The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program – a Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program – was designed to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions, with an overall goal to increase the interest, skills, and competitiveness of students and faculty in pursuit of careers in biomedical research. RISE participants include faculty and students who have the opportunity to conduct research at various institutions, one of which is LA BioMed/Harbor-UCLA.

UCLA PREP
UCLA PREP is a seven-week program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry.

UCLA BRI SURE
BRI-SURE Pathway is an 8-week, intensive summer research- training program for exceptional undergraduate students interested in pursuing research careers in Neuroscience or Physiology.