Pre-College Science Education Program

The UCLA School of Dentistry is committed to expanding and diversifying the pipeline of students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines by creating educational opportunities, collaborations with faculty, and group projects in our research labs. A prime example of this commitment – our Pre-College Science Education program – received much-needed new funding in 2012 and will continue for another five years. Pre-College Science Education Program

Originally funded in September, 2007 through a five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the program exposes gifted but educationally disadvantaged high school students to scientific research and potential careers in the health sciences. Funding from the Chancellor’s Office combined with additional support from Dean Emeritus No-Hee Park will now allow the program to run through June 2019.

Pre-College Science Education Program

Since the program’s inception, nearly 70 students have benefitted from exposure to research and science education, and each has gone on to attend college with a partial or full scholarship at some of the top universities in the country. Students accepted into this two-year program come from Los Angeles area high schools and are also participants in College Bound and Project Grad Los Angeles. Each year, a new cohort of 12 students is given the opportunity to conduct bench research and work closely with School of Dentistry faculty and their research assistants. The students conduct projects in such fields as bone biology, bioengineering, immunology, stem cells, and cancer.

 

Contact Us

Aaron Shearer
(310) 794-2180
ashearer@dentistry.ucla.edu