Sigman Scholars

Marian Sigman, PhD was a developmental and child clinical psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and of Psychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. With Dr. Daniel Geschwind, Dr. Sigman cofounded and directed the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART). She was an internationally acclaimed scholar, generous teacher and colleague, and a pioneer in the fields of autism and developmental risk. Dr. Sigman has left her mark on the field with a rich legacy of significant scientific contributions.

Read Dr. Sigman’s In Memoria

CART established the Sigman Scholars Research Program for UCLA undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This summer research program has been supported by the Sigman Scholars Fund at CART.

The Sigman Scholars Research Program provides a rigorous 8-10 week summer research position for current UCLA undergraduates currently working with or who have plans to work with CART faculty. Fields of potential study include both basic and clinical research, across disciplines including genetics, psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education.

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2021 Request for Application


  • Jillian Melbourne, 2019 (CART faculty: Dr. Mirell Dapretto)
  • Jose Gonzalez, 2019 (CART faculty: Dr. Daniel Geschwind)
  • Tiffany Fong, 2018 (CART faculty: Dr. Shafali Spurling Jeste)
  • Fernanda Castellon, 2018 (CART faculty: Dr. Connie Kasari)