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BUMMP Research Apprenticeship Program (BRAP)


The BUMMP Research Apprenticeship Program (BRAP) was designed to support low-income, first generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, pursuing research during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of the academic year. There are two opportunities in this program: a scholarship program and the opportunity to receive co-curricular record credit.

The Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to expose students to cutting-edge research in labs under the guidance of a principal investigator. Applicants must be Biological Science majors of any class standing and of any citizenship status. Students who receive a BUMMP quarterly scholarship will earn a stipend of $1,000.


  • Must self-declare the following:

a) URM, LGBTQ+ and/or disability status as defined by the NIH

b) First-generation college status

c) low income background

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

WINTER 2021 Cycle

Application opens:


Application closes:


Co-Curricular Record Credit

Disclaimer: We are still in the process of applying to be a co-curricular record opportunity.

If you are a BUMMP mentee that is already participating in paid research at UCSD, you can obtain CCR credit through BRAP. Tentatively, the requirements to receive co-curricular record credit will include: 

  • Participating in 10-15 hours of research for two-consecutive quarters

  • The student should have their own independent project and will provide a summary of that project at the end of the school year

  • Attendance at all BUMMP GBMs

  • Meet with mentors twice each quarter

Co-Curricular Record Competencies

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.

Relevant forms to obtain credit for BRAP on the co-curricular record will become available in Winter 2021. 

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