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A comprehensive listing of various opportunities that may be of interest to department majors and minors.


Graduate School Preparation:

The UCLA Career Center offers personal assistance and programs on the graduate and professional school application process, including program selection, the personal essay, faculty recommendations, admissions tests, and financial assistance. In the Fall quarter, the Career Center hosts the annual UCLA Graduate and Professional School Fair. This fair attracts representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities who showcase their university programs and offer admission information.

Research, Fellowships, & Publications:

Join Aleph—UCLA’s enduring and revelatory undergraduate journal for the humanities and social sciences. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to review, edit, and publish? Curious to peer behind the curtain of the publication process? Hope to make a contribution to scholarship offered to the public? Need Honors credit or something intriguing on your CV/résumé?

Aleph meets once a week, same time and place, and is registered under Honors 101C, Seminar 2. Any and all questions will be answered; any and all willing and dedicated can enroll in the course for an invaluable experience. Please e-mail with any further questions. 

  • Research Assistant for the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research Program at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, directed by Dr. John Sweeney, has multiple ongoing research projects investigating cognitive and sensorimotor abilities and their underlying brain systems in individuals with Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and related neurodevelopmental disorders. These clinical research projects are conducted in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities’s clinical assessment and treatment services, providing many opportunities for active involvement in patient evaluations and discussions.

Responsibilities for the position include administering neuropsychological, eye movement, MRI and EEG testing, scoring cognitive and sensorimotor test data, data entry, preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) reports, and participating in meetings reviewing and interpreting data, preparing manuscripts, and planning future studies. This position provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with clinical populations, developing skills in psychological and neuropsychological testing, and participating in each phase of the research process within large-scale NIH funded research studies. The majority of previous RAs in these positions have successfully gone on to pursue training in medical school, clinical psychology programs, and cognitive neuroscience programs.
Applicants should have a BA or BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field. Interested participants are asked to make at least a 2 year commitment due to the extensive training required.

Interested individuals should send a resume or CV and a brief cover letter stating your career goals and any relevant background information to

Scholarships & Awards:

  • Joseph Helfgot Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is earmarked to assist students who will be Juniors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology, beginning Fall Quarter 2014.

Deadline: April 4, 2014

• Students will receive $2,500 a year for two years, providing the student maintain a 3.0 GPA.
• Students must be financially needy, as determined by the Financial Aid Office (FAFSA required)
• Application packets must be received by the Financial Aid Office by April 4, 2014 to
Alejandra Ramirez, Scholarship Coordinator
UCLA Financial Aid Office
405 Hilgard Avenue, A129 Murphy Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1435

• Selected candidates will be interviewed in mid-May, and will be contacted by the UCLA Office of Scholarships.
o Selected candidates will be interviewed by the Joseph Helfgot Memorial Scholarship Committee.  Please be advised that all applicants must be present on the interview date. Alternate dates and telephone interviews will not be conducted. 

  • The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program 

Teaching/Mentoring Opportunities:


UCLA Opportunities/ Resources:

  • The Writing Success Program (WSP)

WSP offers to UCLA undergraduate students. WSP is the longest running writing service on campus, and is the only student-initiated, student-run academic service of its kind.  


The Undergraduate Research Center has a variety of programs that support undergraduate to work full time during the summer. Deadlines range from February through March.  Please keep an eye out for the next Quarterly Newsletter which will highlight those opportunities.  Or encourage your undergraduate to visit our web site: and click on the Research Scholarships link.  UCLA summer research opportunities include Amgen Scholars, and the CARE Science, Engineering & Math Summer Program, among others.  


The URC-Sciences Travel Grant program – Reimburse your students up to $300 for attending and presenting at professional conferences. 

The Elma Gonzalez Research Needs Award program – If your student’s project requires a specific purchase, but you lack the funds to purchase the item, have your student apply for a Research Needs Award.  We have enough funds for just one more award, and then this opportunity will end. 

The UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal Did your 199 student submit a terrific thesis in June? If so, encourage them to submit their paper for publication in the UCLA Undergraduate Science Journal.   


UCLA Student Groups: 


  • PSI CHI, The International Honor Society In Psychology: UCLA Chapter

 All students in the Psychology, Psychobiology, Cognitive Science, and their pre- majors are invited to attend the general meetings of the local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!  Active participation and membership in your local chapter and the Society can be included beneficially in your résumés/CVs and applications to make them well-rounded. For more information about our chapter, you may visit our website at


Cognitive Science 

  • Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA)

Do you have an interest in psychology, artificial intelligence, anthropology, linguistics, user interface, education, or philosophy? The Cognitive Science Student Association looks to bring together everyone who has an interest in these areas. CSSA facilitates you getting the most out of your education at UCLA through research, publishing, discussion, networks, peer mentorship and more. But not only are we here for intellectually and academic stimulation, we are also about building friendships and social connections with those at our large school who have the same interests as you! Our website is at


 Pre-Med/Pre-Dental/Pre-Pharmacy Student Groups

  • The Pre-Dental Student Outreach Program (PDSOP) 

 PDSOP is the largest pre-dental student group on campus with opportunities and access to community service, social and networking events, membership awards, dental students, professors, and even admissions officers.

  • Pre-Pharmacy Society at UCLA

Interested in a career in pharmacy, but don't know where to begin? 

The Pre-Pharmacy Society at UCLA is now accepting membership applications! Through various speakers, field trips, peer mentorship, and informational meetings, we strive to keep our members informed on issues that concern them as future healthcare practitioners. Furthermore, we make every effort to develop UCLA’s students into future leaders in the field of pharmacy.

If you would like to become a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Society, the application can be found here.  If you submitted an application and paid during fall quarter, you are considered a member for the entire year and do not need to reapply.   

As a reminder, being an active member this quarter involves attending 5 meetings ( with at least one being a social). Family socials and SCPPS will count towards this 5 meeting requirement. Additionally, the volunteer events required for active status are as follows: 1 event if active for 1 quarter, 2 events if active for 2 or 3 quarters.   

Our meetings are on Thursdays at 6 PM in Humanities 169.  Also, check out our website:

If you have any questions or  concerns, please contact us at

Other UCLA Student Groups

  •  Global Public Health Brigade

Are you interested in Public Health? Do you want to travel to the beautiful Caribbean country of Honduras, while helping make a positive difference?Want to learn how you can impact the life of others by helping build sustainable health projects? Then, Global Public Health Brigade is the place for you.

Global Brigades Public Health Brigade is NOW accepting applications! During this one-week program, you will work alongside an under-served family to pursue Public Health sustainable projects. Some of which include water storage units and eco-stoves. All majors are welcome and no prior experience is necessary! This program is designed for volunteers of all backgrounds and educational career interests to contribute to communities of high need who undergo scarce resources. As students we share a common goal: To Unite & Serve.

Interested in the Global Brigades Public Health Brigade?

When: June 16th -22

Where: Honduras

Deadline: First Come, First Serve Basis

For more information and to find out how you can APPLY please visit:


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  • Maternal and Infant Health

Interested in volunteering in the community? Want to raise awareness for reproductive health? Like planning health-related events?

JOIN Maternal and Infant Health (MIH)!

Meetings: Tuesday, 7 pm in Boelter 5420.

For more information, email

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