An image of the 2020 - 2021 UndocuBruins Cohort taken over Zoom.

About The Program

The UndocuBruins Research Program guides undocumented AAP students in their junior or senior year to develop research experience and their graduate school goals. Participants undertake a research project under the guidance of a graduate mentor and a faculty mentor. UndocuBruins will also develop their graduate school applications- curriculum vita, draft personal and professional statements, learn how to obtain strong letters of recommendation, etc. Students who are interested in graduate school and who would like to learn about how to conduct academic research are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

First, make sure you are eligible to apply.

UndocuBruins applicants must be:

  1. AAP undocumented students
  2. In their junior or senior year (third or fourth year at UCLA). Transfer students are encouraged to apply.
  3. Interested in applying to Master’s or Ph.D. programs in any field

After ensuring eligibility, you can apply by using the UndocuBruins Application Form when applications are being accepted.

Program Timeline

The program requires a two quarter commitment during the Winter and Spring quarters of the application year.

– Meet with the UndocuBruins Research Program Coordinator
– Submit Application by using the UndocuBruins Application Form

– Enroll in the weekly UBRP 2-unit Honors Collegium 193A seminar
– Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with the UBRP Coordinator
– Seek and secure faculty advisor for independent research

– Enroll in independent research course with a faculty advisor – Student Research Program (SRP 99) course or a departmental 199 course
– Attend one-on-one and cohort meetings with the UBRP Coordinator
– Submit and present research at the annual UCLA Undergraduate Research Week

Graduate Mentor Bio – Monica Alferez Merino

I am very excited to be this year’s UndocuBruins Graduate Research Coordinator. I am first-generation college student. I am a first year Masters student at the Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department. My past research experience has been in addressing the correlation between mental health and disability rights. I look forward to teaching students about research and preparing them for graduate school. My goal for the program is to make it a safe, inclusive, and positive environment for students to learn and explore their research interests and become well-prepared individuals ready for graduate school.

For More Information

To learn more about the UndocuBruins Research Program and the application process, email cohort coordinator, Monica Alferez Merino


An image of the previous 2019-2020 UndocuBruins Research Program Cohort smiling indoors.

2019-2020 cohort: Dana Herrera, Francisco Osuna Reyes, Jaqueline Lopez, Karla Escobedo, Maria Molina, Martha Fuentes Guzman, Metzli Sanchez, Rosario Ordaz and Diana Vallejo.