Research Community: Undergraduate volunteers

April 26, 2021

Dear UCSF Research Community:

I am writing to clarify UCSF policies regarding undergraduate volunteers working in our research community currently and over the summer.

Undergraduate volunteers and other visiting students and scholars make important contributions to our research community, and they have been allowed in campus research laboratories and other research locations since early in our research reopening process. The current approval process for hosting these students is equivalent to the process before the pandemic: the academic department hosting the volunteer works with Human Resources to provide an academic appointment, UCSF ID card, and other required documentation for a new employee. Like any other researcher, student volunteers must adhere to all UCSF laboratory and COVID-19 safety protocols, training, and lab occupancy regulations. Student volunteers must receive or formally decline the COVID-19 vaccine if they are working on-site at UCSF after June 30, 2021.

The great majority of our undergraduate volunteers come from local institutions and commute from nearby locations. Some undergraduate volunteers this summer will be students from more distant universities around the country. These students are also allowed but are subject to the same COVID-19 travel policies as other new employees arriving from outside the Bay Area.

Thank you for your commitment to safely conducting research activities during this pandemic, so that we can ensure UCSF’s ability to fulfill our mission and protect the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, patients, visitors, and the general public.


Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD 
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology