UCLA Department of General Surgery

Summer Surgical Scholar


The Summer Surgical Scholar program is an early career development opportunity for students who are interested in health equity, diversity, and inclusion and/or from an underrepresented socioeconomic or geographic setting (ie rural), as defined by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). The Scholarship role allows for early exposure to high-impact research in the Department of General Surgery, development of surgeon-mentor relationships, and recognition of scholarship with financial support.

As a Student Scholar, you will:

  • Receive a $250 honorarium to supplement summer research funding
  • Spend the summer with a UCLA Department of General Surgery faculty member who is committed to your personal and intellectual development
  • Be assigned a resident research mentor from the Department of Surgery for the duration of the Scholarship
  • Collaborate with your resident and faculty mentors to prepare an abstract and deliver a guaranteed poster session at Longmire Day in the spring 

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be in good academic standing in your MS1 year at UCLA
  • Identify a faculty mentor within the UCLA Department of General Surgery (Divisions include: General Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Liver Transplant, Endocrine, Colorectal, Minimally Invasive, Breast, Surgical Oncology, and Thoracic) who is prepared to oversee the summer research project
  • Have a clear, achievable research project 

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Summer Research Scholar application
  • Deadline for the application is May 15 


General administrative questions: Kimberly Merida-Chan - [email protected]

Questions regarding the scholarship: Dr. Juan Carlos Jimenez - [email protected]