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BUMMP Research Apprenticeship Program (BRAP)


The BUMMP Research Apprenticeship Program (BRAP) will be awarded to students pursuing research during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year, with a preference to support students with financial need and/or students who are first generation in their family to attend college.

The Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to expose BUMMP mentees to cutting-edge research in labs at UC San Diego under the guidance of a principal investigator. Applicants can be of any class standing and of any citizenship status. Students who receive a BUMMP scholarship will receive a scholarship of $1,500 per quarter, up to $4,500 per academic year, disbursed through the financial aid office.


  • Must be involved in the mentorship portion of BUMMP
  • Majoring in a degree within Biological Sciences, or a related field (general biology, bioengineering, etc)
  • Be registered as a UC San Diego student while participating in the BUMMP program. Click here for more information on how to register for the BUMMP program.
  • Students receiving the BRAP award will be required to present their research findings at the BUMMP Annual Research Symposium during Spring quarter.
  • Be able to commit at least 10-12 hours a week to research-related activities during the quarter of participation.
  • Students must identify a faculty member who will guide them in their research. If you do not have a research advisor, please reach out to us for help in identifying a research lab. 
  • All current UC San Diego undergraduates will be enrolled full-time in the quarter they are applying to receive an award
  • There is a particular emphasis on serving students who face financial obstacles in pursuing research opportunities.
  • Students who have not received BUMMP funding before will be prioritized
  • Do not receive academic credit for research while receiving the scholarship. *

UCSD Competencies

Through BRAP, students will gain tangible skills that will set them up for success in a research career. A few of the UCSD competencies (determined by UCSD Engaged Learning Tools) that the student will work on as an apprentice are:

Research Ability

Through BRAP students will gain a holistic research experience: students will lead their own research project and communicate their findings through a deliverable due at the end of the year.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

By leading an independent project, students will learn to identify open questions to pursue and develop experiments that will address those questions.

Career Development

By participating in research, students will gain hands-on experience in the lab and learn transferable skills and techniques. BUMMP events will also prepare students for their transition from their undergraduate or master's degree.

Get Started

Resources to get started in research