Providing high school students in Los Angeles with the opportunity to experience experimental research firsthand in UCLA laboratories.

Services Provided

The internship experience will include basic instruction in scientific method, observation and hands-on experience in conducting various types of commonly performed experiments, and mentorship from professors, post-graduates and graduates in the possibilities available in science as a career. The program accepts applications once a year (in early spring) for positions in the summer of the same year. Internship opportunities are hosted by UCLA professors and last for one month during the summer.

Who We Serve

High school students

Mission and Goals

Our ultimate goal is to foster the thrill of scientific discovery in students, and to impart both in them and their communities, the importance of scientific research in novel discovery, healthcare and medical practice.

The [Physiology Outreach] Program made me see that science is more than just learning about biology; it is about being capable of using it in a way that will answer questions that are yet unknown.

— Lizbeth Teyuca (Tom Vondriska lab, 2013)

I greatly enjoyed how hands-on the POP program was. It gave me great insights into what working in an academic laboratory environment would be like, fostering great personal interest in academia.

— David Lu (Yousang Gwack lab, 2014)

General Information

Partnership Inquiries

Dr. Bal Khakh
Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology

Campus Affiliation