Program Requirements

Coursework

  • Research Integrity Training (Chem C250); meets once per week for 2 hrs: Trainees in their FIRST YEAR of support on the training grant are required to take this course for credit.
  • Advanced Research Integrity Training (Chem 203D); meets once per week for 2 hrs: Trainees in their THIRD YEAR of support on the training grant are required to take this course for credit.
  • Research Seminars (Chem 204); all trainees are required to enroll for course credit; meets once per week for 2 hrs: Trainees in their SECOND YEAR of support on the training grant are required to present a 30-45 minute seminar on their research to trainees and training faculty. Trainees in their THIRD YEAR of support on the training grant are required to present a 30 minute seminar on their research during the summer after their third year of support. 

Mentoring Undergraduates

All trainees are required to participate in the mentoring of one UCLA undergraduate from an underrepresented minority or socioeconomically disadvantaged background during their three-year tenure on the C&MB training grant. The experience affords a good opportunity to meet and recruit these undergraduates to laboratory research. This requirement may be satisfied in several ways. For example, a trainee may mentor a summer student in one of the following programs:

  • UCLA CARE (Center for Academic Research Excellence)
  • MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers)
  • PEERS (Program for Excellence in Education & Research in Sciences)

C&MB trainees may also mentor a UCLA underrepresented undergraduate student during the academic year in one of the following courses:

  • SRP (99) (Student Research Program) – three quarters
  • Upper Division Research Tutorials (199) – two quarters (see individual studies listings for each department)

The mentored undergraduate student will be asked to write a one page report as to what was learned, to be signed by both the mentored student and the C&MB trainee and submitted to the C&MB Program Office.

Annual Retreat

The Molecular Biology Institute sponsors an annual retreat at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Trainees must attend and give a talk or present a poster at least once during their three year appointment period and are encouraged to attend each year. Attendance costs for trainees are covered by the training grant.

Annual Report

Trainees submit a brief yearly report, prepared by the student in consultation with the trainee's research mentor. The report highlights progress in the thesis project and other activities relevant to the goals of the program, including courses taken, seminars and meetings attended, publications, etc.

Publications Acknowledgement

Any publications resulting from research done while in the C&MB Training Program must acknowledge support from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award GM007185.

Former Trainee Obligations

Until completion of the Ph.D., former trainees and their faculty mentors must complete annual reports, and attend Spring Quarter Research Seminars as often as possible. Mentors will be responsible for ensuring compliance.