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Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Application Cycle:

The most recent application cycle closed on February 3, 2014. The next application cycle is expected to open in mid-November 2014.

Project requisite

The research project must be work above and beyond the normal course of study and should not be part of Fall, Winter, or Spring 199 series coursework. However, Summer 199 series work will be accepted. The subject matter does not have to be related to the student's major, minor, or other coursework, although preference may be given to those that do have a major related to specific scholarship goals, depending on the scholarship(s) the student is applying to.

Eligibility

All current UC San Diego undergraduates in any major who will be enrolled the following school year are eligible to apply.

Students who plan on graduating mid-year may also apply, provided the project and final report are completed before graduation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible under AB540 "California Dream Act".

The project must be completed while the applicant is a UCSD undergraduate. Students will not be eligible if they will have graduated before summer.

Applicants submit one research proposal per scholarship. The same proposal may be used for multiple research scholarship applications, as indicated on the application form. If chosen for more than one scholarship, a student may only accept one scholarship during the summer research period.

For more information about Undergraduate Research Scholarships, contact Sophia Tsai, (858) 534-9014.

Available scholarships

Chancellor's Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to proposals in all majors, regardless of area of study.

  • Area of study: ALL, no restrictions

Biological Sciences Eureka! Scholarship

Promotes engagement in basic and translational biology by facilitating students' participation in research opportunities both at the UC San Diego campus and at research facilities on the San Diego Mesa (located north of UCSD). Successful proposals will show evidence that the scholarship will provide the students with an opportunity to have a significant research experience.

  • Area of study: basic and translational biology; student must have a declared major in the Division of Biological Sciences

David Marc Belkin Memorial Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in the general areas of environmental and ecological issues.

  • Area of study: environmental and ecological

David Jay Gambee Memorial Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to those proposals which involve the student as an active citizen in university governance, the local community, or national and international affairs. Also receiving preference are projects which lead to a heightened awareness of the relationship between the environment and society. Service in the community through volunteer activities or participation in programs related to the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation are encouraged.

  • Area of study: as an active citizen in university governance, local community, or national and international affairs

Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research Scholarship

Gives consideration research proposals designed to improve women’s health. Preference is given to applications that study disease prevention in, for example, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Proposals may describe an approach to examine biological, medical, cultural, economic, behavioral, psychosocial, or cross-cultural influences.

  • Area of study: women's health

Frances Hellman Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physics. Preference is given to students with a physics major.
  • Area of study: physics

Julia Brown Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to students whose career objectives are in health care, medicine, medical research, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, or public health. Preference given to students with extenuating circumstances or financial need. 
  • Area of study: health care, medicine, medical research, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, or public health career objectives

Ledell Family Endowed Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physical science, biological science, or engineering.

  • Area of study: physical science, biological science, or engineering

Robert C. Dynes and Ann Parode Dynes Research Scholarship

Gives consideration to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physics. Preference is given to students with a physics major. 

  • Area of study: physics

Award terms and amounts

The research project should be completed during summer. Receipt of an award does not disqualify students from applying in future application cycles, so long as they maintain eligibility as an undergraduate student. 

The amount of the research scholarship was established to recognize and encourage undergraduate research, and can cover project costs, and/or any education-related expenses, including summer living costs. All research scholarships are summer awards up to $4,000.

Awards will be paid by early July and will not replace academic-year financial aid. This award is considered a budget add-on to cover project-related costs.

A final report and faculty appraisal must be submitted at the conclusion of the project (see below for details).

Recipient selection

The scholarship selection committee may include: the Faculty Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Honors, department faculty, program affiliates, or judges selected by sponsoring donors. The scholarship selection committee is chosen based on criteria set forth by sponsoring donors associated with each individual scholarship. This committee selects the winners, who will be notified by e-mail or letter in late April.

Note:

  • Students not awarded will not be notified.
  • Students will not receive more than one research award.

Final report

Upon completion of the project, the recipient of a research scholarship must submit a summary report, up to 2 pages, via e-mail attachment, to Sophia Tsai

The final report is due in mid-October following the award and must include:

  • Your name, ID#, name of scholarship, and title of your project at the top of the page.
  • A brief statement of the purpose of the project, the results, and the benefits of the project or benefits of your participation in the project.
  • A statement about how the funds were used.

Faculty appraisal

Upon completion of the project, the faculty sponsor of the student receiving the research scholarship must submit a faculty appraisal via e-mail to Sophia Tsai

The faculty appraisal is due in mid-October following the award and must include:

  • The student's name, ID#, and name of scholarship. 
  • A brief statement confirming the project was completed as proposed.
  • A brief statement confirming the faculty sponsor read and approved the final report sent in by the student. 
  • A few statements on any of the following - value of project, value to student, and comments on student’s performance.
  • A statement confirming the funds were used appropriately.

Note:

Failure to submit a final report will result in billing the recipient for all funds received. Failure to repay the scholarship will result in future registration and transcript holds.

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Contact

Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Sophia Tsai, Program Officer
858-534-9014