Academic Enrichment Programs are designed to broaden your educational experience and encourage your pursuit of an advanced degree.
AEP offers UCSD undergraduates the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic or professional preparation in virtually any academic major including science, math, engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities. AEP initiatives are designed to encourage such students to pursue postbaccalaureate Ph.D.'s, MDs and others by providing them the experience of conducting research under the guidance of UCSD faculty mentors and to present research findings at noted undergraduate research conferences in the company of peers and established scientists.
In addition to facilitating faculty/student contact by means of the research mentor/mentee relationship, AEP provides other avenues for faculty and student interaction, such as having faculty members moderate roundtables at research conferences, or appear at informal gatherings such as Coffee and Conversation with Faculty. AEP provides both academic year and summer research, training, and scholarship opportunities, maximizing student opportunities to participate in research-related and personal and professional development activities. Many of the programs provide scholarship or stipend support. Summer Programs also provide on-campus housing or a housing subsidy that partially offsets the costs of housing.
AEP’s support is comprehensive. The office is an excellent resource for students interested in completing one research assignment or planning to go on to an academic or research career. It also arranges opportunities for networking with peers, professors, and professionals, on and off-campus. Most programs, follow the cohort model that enhances a student’s sense of belonging at the university and treating them as valued members of a mutually supportive scholarly community.
AEP participants also receive assistance and guidance in applying for graduate school and various fellowships and scholarships, and the chance to exchange ideas with other research undergraduates and faculty from across the country.
In this effort, a special emphasis is made to increase the number of low-income and ethnically underrepresented students in graduate school and in academic/research professional positions. Former AEP students are now in Ph.D. programs and in professional schools and positions throughout the U.S., and in various foreign countries.
AEP's enrichment programs include: the Faculty Mentor Program; California Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (CAMP); Health and Medical Professionals Preparation Program (HMP3); McNair Program; Summer Research Program; UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference, and Graduate School Application Awards.
Our programs focus on helping students in three important areas: