The UCLA MSD Program develops academic survival skills, educates students about research, facilitates and funds research opportunities and provides critical assistance to promote academic success and advancement in the sciences. It is designed to serve students from admission to graduation and employs six synergistic components to address to the varied roadblocks to success. The Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS) is an academic enrichment and counseling program for freshman and sophomores. The Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) exposes students to the many aspects of research during the summer after their freshman year. These two early intervention programs promote retention and are complemented by a quartet of programs that directly support students undertaking mentored research in UCLA laboratories. Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE) Fellows and CARE Science Engineering &Math (SEM) Summer Program supports beginning students, CARE Scholars supports advanced students, and MSD Scholars supports graduating seniors. Students can enter into this pipeline of opportunities at many points but all exit with a significant research experience that helps prepare them for graduate school. The goals of the UCLA MSD program over the next five years are to have 90% of PEERS students complete baccalaureate degrees in a life or physical science, to have 60% of PEERS and BISEP students take part in a faculty-mentored research experience prior to graduation, to have 60% of MSD research students complete a significant research project (undergraduate thesis) and to have 60% of MSD research students enter post baccalaureate or graduate programs leading to research degrees each year. The UCLA MSD Program builds on existing institutional commitments to provide an innovative program that is specifically designed to counter the forces that limit participation of underrepresented students in the sciences. By providing academic success tools and an introduction to biomedical research, access to entry level research opportunities and facilitating advanced research opportunities, the well-integrated UCLA MSD program increases the numbers of underrepresented students who successfully complete undergraduate biomedical degree programs, go on to graduate school in the biomedical sciences, and ultimately to successful careers in biomedical research where they will educate, train and mentor and serve as role models for future generations.

Public Health Relevance

We need to train more biomedical research scientists from underrepresented groups at both the national and state levels. Attempts to achieve this goal have been hampered by the low participation of underrepresented minorities in the sciences. The UCLA MSD program provides the services necessary to retain underrepresented students in science and give them the research skills necessary to prepare them for entry into graduate school and a career in science.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Minority Programs Review Subcommittee B (MPRC)
Program Officer
Janes, Daniel E
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of California Los Angeles
Other Basic Sciences
Los Angeles
United States
Zip Code
Hartmann, Stella; Nusbaum, David J; Kim, Kevin et al. (2018) Role of a Small Molecule in the Modulation of Cell Death Signal Transduction Pathways. ACS Infect Dis :
Lee, Ha Neul; Mitra, Mithun; Bosompra, Oye et al. (2018) RECK isoforms have opposing effects on cell migration. Mol Biol Cell 29:1825-1838
Bergdoll, Lucie A; Lerch, Michael T; Patrick, John W et al. (2018) Protonation state of glutamate 73 regulates the formation of a specific dimeric association of mVDAC1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115:E172-E179
Caracciolo, L; Marosi, M; Mazzitelli, J et al. (2018) CREB controls cortical circuit plasticity and functional recovery after stroke. Nat Commun 9:2250
Ziyad, Safiyyah; Riordan, Jesse D; Cavanaugh, Ann M et al. (2018) A Forward Genetic Screen Targeting the Endothelium Reveals a Regulatory Role for the Lipid Kinase Pi4ka in Myelo- and Erythropoiesis. Cell Rep 22:1211-1224
Lin, Fang-Chu; Hsu, Chao-Hsiung; Lin, Yung-Ya (2018) Nano-therapeutic cancer immunotherapy using hyperthermia-induced heat shock proteins: insights from mathematical modeling. Int J Nanomedicine 13:3529-3539
Long, Joseph; Hoban, Megan D; Cooper, Aaron R et al. (2018) Characterization of Gene Alterations following Editing of the ?-Globin Gene Locus in Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells. Mol Ther 26:468-479
Eichhorn, Catherine D; Yang, Yuan; Repeta, Lucas et al. (2018) Structural basis for recognition of human 7SK long noncoding RNA by the La-related protein Larp7. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115:E6457-E6466
Sosa, Enrique; Chen, Di; Rojas, Ernesto J et al. (2018) Differentiation of primate primordial germ cell-like cells following transplantation into the adult gonadal niche. Nat Commun 9:5339
G?r?cs, Zoltán; Tamamitsu, Miu; Bianco, Vittorio et al. (2018) A deep learning-enabled portable imaging flow cytometer for cost-effective, high-throughput, and label-free analysis of natural water samples. Light Sci Appl 7:66

Showing the most recent 10 out of 125 publications