Find information about UCSD's undergraduate research scholarship (URS) program. Several different scholarships are available (for various research areas).
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.
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. Students also cannot be part of a BS/MS program during the award period.
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.
Please note that if awarded, students will not be allowed to take additional courses or get paid through an alternate job during the duration of the scholarship. We would like all awardees to be able to focus on the research full-time.
For more information about Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS), contact Sophia Tsai, (858) 534-9014.
Gives consideration to proposals in all majors, regardless of area of study. Applicants will be required to demonstrate financial need for consideration in this scholarship.
Gives consideration to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in the general areas of environmental and ecological issues.
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.
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.
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.
Gives consideration to proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physical science, biological science, or engineering. Must be a US Citizen.
Gives consideration to those proposals designed to pursue special studies and projects in physics. Preference is given to students with a physics major.
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 $5,000.
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).
Each scholarship application (opportunity) will require a research proposal to be submitted. Please follow the following guidelines:
Detailed description should include: (1000 word max)
Personal statement:(500 word max)
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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.
Upon completion of the project, the recipient of a research scholarship must submit a summary report, minimum of 2 pages, via online submission. Directions for this will be emailed to the student at the start of the Fall Quarter. If there are any problems with submission, please e-mail Sophia Tsai (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have. Please note these reports may be shared with your donor(s).
The final report is due in mid-October following the award and must include:
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.
Upon completion of the project, the faculty sponsor of the student receiving the research scholarship must submit a faculty appraisal via online submission, which will be sent to the student to forward to their faculty member. If there are any problems, send an e-mail to Sophia Tsai (email@example.com). Please note the faculty appraisal may be shared with the student's donor(s).
The faculty appraisal is due in mid-October following the award and must be included on department letterhead or the template emailed to scholarship recipients: