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BUMMP Research Apprenticeship Program in the Summer (BRAPS)


BRAP is now taking place in the summer. In partnership with the STARS program, we are so excited to fund 4 of our brilliant BUMMP mentees to do research in the lab over the summer. Similar to BRAP, BRAPS funds low-income, first-generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education that are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research. We are excited to welcome the first cohort of BRAPS participants in Summer 2022. 

Funding and Benefits

Our funding was made possible by the Hewlett Packard Foundation, and the hard work and invested time of Dr. Rachel Dutton.


With this award, BUMMP will be able to offer $4000 stipends as well as guaranteed housing, direct mentorship from graduate students and access to participate in premium GRE preparatory materials.


  • 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.

  • You will be required to submit a summary of your project (a paper, poster presentation, oral presentation, or creative product) by the end of the academic year in which you receive your scholarship. ​

  • Be able to commit 40 hours a week to research-related activities during the summer.

  • All current UC San Diego undergraduates will be enrolled full-time in the academic year in which they apply to BRAPS.

  • There is a particular emphasis on serving students who face financial obstacles and first-generation students.

Summer 2022

Application opens:

Application closes:

Interested in Training a BUMMP Student this Summer?

BUMMP is looking for labs that are interested in hiring undergraduate researchers. The BUMMP program has over 150 undergraduate and master's student mentees, many of whom are interested in gaining hands-on experience in research.  If you are open to students contacting you to learn more about possible research positions in your lab, please fill out the following form. 

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.

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