UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Week poster session in Pauley Pavillion

Welcome to the Queen’s Road Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowships

This fellowship offers upper-division undergraduate students in the physical sciences an opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on a research project during their junior and senior years. This program aims to contribute to gender diversity in the physical sciences and to prepare students for graduate study in the physical sciences.

One student from each of the six physical science academic departments will be selected every year from the applicants and will be paired with a research mentor. Selection criteria include academic preparation and achievement, interest in continuing for graduate studies in physical sciences, interest in mentoring other underrepresented students, and ability to do research full-time during summer 2023. Participants receive a $15,000 stipend during their two-year participation in the research program.

Each year, one student from each department within the Division of Physical Sciences will be selected to receive a Queen’s Road Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Students must be enrolled full-time with a declared major in one of the Physical Sciences departments. The six departments in the Division of Physical Sciences are:

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences


Physics and Astronomy


These scholarships will be merit-based only, and applicants must submit applications addressing the following three questions with 100-200 word responses:

  1. What are your plans for graduate school?
  2. Provide a list of academic papers, conferences, blogs or science books you found interesting
  3. Do you have any thoughts or ideas on how to encourage science education?

Applicants will also be asked to identify 1-2 faculty within their department whose research interests them, to summarize this research, and to tell us why it is of interest. Information on faculty research interests can be found on the departmental web pages.

Finalists must be prepared to present their views on diversity and inclusion in science and agree to mentor other underrepresented students on science education.


  • Must have junior year standing at UCLA (transfer students welcome)
  • Must contribute to gender diversity in the sciences
  • Must be pursuing a major in Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Statistics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, AOS, or EPSS departments
  • Must have a desire to do a two-year research program with a faculty mentor in your major department
  • Must be planning to pursue graduate studies in the sciences
  • U.S. citizenship or residency will not be a requirement as a recipient of this award.

Program Requirements

  • Fellows must be available during Summer 2023 for full-time research.
  • Fellows will be required to participate in an Undergraduate Research Fellows Program course. The course will support students with their research project and presentation, graduate school preparations, and include networking opportunities and social events.
  • Fellows present their research during UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Week.

Award Funding

Queen’s Road Research Scholars will receive $15,000 for their full participation in the program.


Click here to submit your application.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 9, 2023.

Queen’s Road Foundation Undergraduate Research Program
Committee Members and Department SAOs


Rong Fu Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Al Courey Chemistry and Biochemistry

Abby Kavner Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Marcus Roper Mathematics

Jay Hauser Physics and Astronomy

Jingyi “Jessica” Li Statistics

Student Affairs Officers

Denise Lopez Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Nick Baerg Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lauri Holbrook Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Leticia DominguezConnie Jung Mathematics

Francoise Queval Physics and Astronomy

Michael Kang Statistics

Tama Hasson Undergraduate Education

Annual Calendar

Year OneApplications due January 4; decisions made by end of JanuaryStudents choose research mentorsResearch, research methods seminar, spring receptionFull-time research (first year only)
Year TwoResearch, fall reception, grad school application workshopResearchUndergraduate Research Week

Please email your questions to queensroadfellowship@college.ucla.edu.