Bridge Undergraduate Science Program (BUGS)
We are training the next generation of undergraduate students to surmount disciplinary boundaries as they work to better understand the human body and impact health
The application portal for the 2023 BUGS program is CLOSED, submitted applications are being processed and applicants will be notified of their status in the program by 5/2
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
– The Bridge Institute team
Our interdisciplinary research effort intensifies every summer with the Bridge Undergraduate Science Program, known as BUGS for short. Undergraduate students in the program pair with a USC faculty member and often collaborate with graduate student, postdoctoral fellows or staff to perform hands-on research in USC research labs. Students also benefit from Bridge-sponsored peer community-building activities research seminars and multi-disciplinary social mixers.
Curious to learn the kind of research our previous BUGS have done? Get to know the Class of 2018, Class of 2019, Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 [coming soon] or check out previous news articles about our students and their achievements.
Previous news articles about our students and their achievements
Bridge Undergraduate Researchers Kylie Burdsall Commits to Stanford Medicine and Sanraj Mittal Heads to Rockefeller University
USC Bridge News
by Kathlynn Alba, April 30, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many important on-campus events on hold for many of our undergraduates, namely the 2020 USC commencement, there is still much to celebrate.
by Eric Lindberg, June 13th, 2019
You could certainly call Bethany Chen a chemist. Or a robot programmer. She’s definitely a computer scientist. Don’t forget about hip-hop dancer, philosopher and black belt expert in hapkido.
A longtime science enthusiast, the rising sophomore at USC has interests that range across the map. And like many undergrads, she’s taking advantage of opportunities at USC to consider options for her future and gain experience in diverse fields.
BUGS is one of a few immersive U.S. programs that allows students to explore across scientific disciplines and additionally incorporates opportunities to collaborate with students in the USC School of Cinematic Arts. A unique highlight of the program is the summer finale symposium (the first Friday and Saturday in August) where BUGS provide short oral presentations of their work to their scientific mentors, peers and family, as well as the university community. Check out our 2022 BUGS Activities Schedule (2023 Schedule in progress) and 2022 BUGS Finale Symposium Schedule for a taste of the programmatic activities and planning.
HOW TO APPLY
STEP 1: Find a faculty mentor
STEP 2: Establish a research project and draft a proposal. 2023 BUGS Research Proposal Template ( .docx)
STEP 3: Apply for USC fellowships*
STEP 4: Submit BUGS application
*BUGS are encouraged to participate concurrently in any of these undergraduate fellowships: SURF, Provost’s or WISE. All applications to the BUGS program will be considered for funding through the Trudi Berwin Student Support Award, the Dang Family Endowed Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and other fellowship sources that are managed through the Bridge Institute.
For more details about the BUGS Program, please read our FAQ page.
Before opening or completing the 2023 BUGS Program application through Qualtrics, please preview the questions to prepare your materials/answers here. (2023 BUGS Program Qualtrics Application Preview).