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UC Scholars Program

The UC Scholars Program is a 8-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by UC San Diego, Student Affairs.

The deadline to apply to the UC Scholars Program is February 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST.  Please check the application link here.

Please note that you will need a letter of recommendation in order for your application to be complete.  The Letter of Recommendation Request Form can be found here.  Use this form to submit the contact information for the person who will be submitting your letter of recommendation.  That person will automatically receive information about how to submit the letter of recommendation.

Program objectives

  • Provide students with the skills to become research scholars
  • Stimulate students' serious consideration of graduate study
  • Increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career

Program dates and deadlines

  • 2017 program dates: June 26, 2017 through August 18, 2016

  • 2017 program application deadline: February 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST

Both parts of the application must be complete for the application to be considered.

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Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time UC San Diego undergraduate student.  All majors are welcome.  International Students currently attending UC San Diego are welcome to apply.
  • Have completed at least 90 units by the end of Spring Quarter 2017.
  • Not have graduated before the end of the program (August 18, 2017).
  • Not take any outside classes or work during the 8 week duration of the program.
  • Be in San Diego for the 8 weeks of the program.

Each UC Scholars Program application is considered complete only when it includes all of the mandatory components:

Only completed applications, including the Academic History and letter of recommendation, submitted by February 15, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon) PST will be considered for evaluation and scoring.

Applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 2.8 or above; and
  • A serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. (including combined Ph.D. programs, such as M.D./Ph.D.)

Preference will be given to students who have not participated previously in the Academic Enrichment Programs Office's Summer Research Program (SRP).


  • A $2,800 stipend for the 8-week program
  • On-campus housing or a housing allowance
  • GRE training courses
  • 30 hours of research a week
  • 199 (independent study) credit (tuition is paid for by the program)

Research project requirements and previous mentors

Research projects are designed and supervised by faculty mentors in conjunction with students' research interests. Students may continue working on an existing project with a faculty member, or may develop a new project. Students do not need to have a mentor confirmed at the time of application.  The program activities are substantial, requiring a full-time commitment from each student (students cannot work, take classes, participate in any other summer research program, or go on vacation while in the program).

Attendance at meetings and seminars is mandatory.

Each student will be asked to write a research abstract, proposal, and paper, and will present his or her paper in the form of a PowerPoint presentation at the UC San Diego Summer Research Conference.

Students are expected to comply with the:

  • UC San Diego Code of Conduct
  • Safety rules and regulations of research laboratories where they work
  • GRE preparation course rules
  • Mentoring procedures set forth by the UC Scholars Program faculty and staff

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