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Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS)

Learn about Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS).

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About Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars


  • TRELS is sponsored by the Colleges and Academic Enrichment Programs.
  • TRELS is open to undergraduates of any class standing and any major, with at least a 2.5 GPA.

  • TRELS allows you to experience, plan, and carry out simple studies to learn about the research process, broadly defined, with the direction of a faculty mentor.
  • Projects can consist of research or creative activities in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities, as well as public service projects and interdisciplinary activities.

  • Awards can be granted for quarter-long, year-long, or summer projects.


TRELS' specific program objectives are to:

  • Introduce students to what experiential learning looks like in their field and promote an understanding that experiential learning encompasses more than just research.

  • Provide students with an understanding of the collaborative processes involved in research, creative work production, and other experiential learning practices.

  • Increase participation in experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students.

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

  • A UC San Diego GPA of at least 2.5 is required in order to participate.

  • This program is intended to expose students to experiential learning, including, but not limited to research, guided artistic or creative projects, and public service opportunities, under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member. There is a particular emphasis on serving students who may face obstacles in pursuing such opportunities.


During the award period, you may not participate in the following:

  • Departmental 199 (independent research) or other class credit for the project (e.g., honors thesis)
  • Payment for the same work being proposed for TRELS
  • Participation in another structured research program

TRELS Summer Research Program

The TRELS Summer Research Program is a 10-week program running June 24, 2019 through August 30, 2019. The application deadline is March 4, 2019.

TRELS Study Abroad

TRELS Study Abroad offers up to $3,000 to aid students embarking in education abroad. The application deadline is March 15, 2019.

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