Research Undergraduate Science Honors (RUSH) Program

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA.


The Program blends a solid academic major in the sciences with participation in contemporary laboratory research. On admission to the program, Presidential RUSH Scholars are integrated into active research groups under the direction of the training faculty at Cal State LA. The student selects his/her own research adviser, and the nature and scope of the research project is arranged to suit the student's level and interests through consultation between the adviser and the student. The RUSH Scholar's participation in research will be part-time (10-15 hours per week) during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. The major benefit to the RUSH Scholar is the career enhancement experienced by participation in an active research group very early in the student's undergraduate career, an opportunity uncommon at most universities. The RUSH Scholars will be in a position to interact with the best science faculty and students at the University.


The RUSH Program Advisory Committee will evaluate the application of candidates and three letters of recommendation from their high school science or mathematics faculty. Students must enroll in undergraduate majors at Cal State LA in disciplines useful in the biomedical sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, biology, microbiology, mathematics, or related fields). In addition, students must have: demonstrated high academic ability in course work (a grade point average of 3.5 and good letters of recommendation are desirable). completed college preparatory high school courses in biology, chemistry, physics and pre-calculus. achieved a strong score on the SAT or ACT exam. participated in science activities, such as science clubs, summer research, or in science fairs. shown an interest in a career in the sciences or mathematics and a desire to do independent research. demonstrated a determination to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in science or mathematics following completion of the Bachelor of Science degree. either U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

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Program Director
Dr. Carlos G. Gutierrez
, Physical Sciences 603
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8202
Phone: (323) 343-2356