The UCSD Summer Research Program is an eight-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant, the California Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (CAMP) grant, University of California Leadership and Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS), and the UC Office of the President. The objectives of the program are: to provide students with the skills to become research scholars; to stimulate students’ serious consideration of graduate study; and to increase the graduate school enrollment of underrepresented minorities and low-income, first-generation college students. Research projects are designed and supervised by faculty mentors in conjunction with students’ research interests. The program activities are substantial, requiring a full-time commitment from each student (during the eight-week program period, students cannot work, take classes, participate in any other summer research program, recieve funding from another source, or go on vacation). Attendance at meetings and seminars is mandatory. Each student will be trained to write a research proposal and paper, and present his or her paper at the UCSD Summer Research Conference. In addition to research, students participate in seminars, workshops, and GRE training.
Summer Research Program fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to UCSD students who are juniors or seniors, meet the grade point average requirement, have an interest in pursuing graduate education, and have not previously participated in this program. Among applicants who meet the academic requirements, priority will be given to first-generation college students and/or students who demonstrate financial need. GPA Requirement: 3.0 and above in all majors