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The UC Scholars Program is an 8-week, full-time summer research experience for undergraduates, supported by UC San Diego's Office of Student Affairs and Academic Enrichment Programs.

Upcoming deadline:

The deadline to apply to the UC Scholars Program is February 4, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).  The application for the 2019 UC Scholars Program is now open. Note that a letter of recommendation is required for your application to be complete. Please visit the following website: 


Note that this website lists a number of opportunities in addition to the UC Scholars Program. You may apply for multiple programs; however, if you are offered a spot in multiple programs, you may only accept one offer. Please read through the descriptions of the opportunities carefully to determine the programs for which you are eligible. In order to apply to any of these opportunities, you must complete both a general application as well as an application that is specific to the particular opportunity (e.g., UC Scholars).

Your application will not be complete until a letter of recommendation is received (only one letter is needed). As part of the UC Scholars portion of the application, you will provide the name and contact information of your letter writer. Once you save the UC Scholars portion of the application, the letter writer will receive instructions about how to submit your letter of recommendation online. *We strongly recommend that applicants contact potential letter writers in advance to confirm that they will be able to write a letter and complete the required form on the applicant's behalf.* Letters from faculty are preferred. Letters from supervisors in research-focused industry or organizations are also acceptable.

Because letter writers will only receive information about the letter of recommendation *after* you have saved your UC Scholars portion of the application, it is important that you do so as soon as possible so that your letter writer will have sufficient time to complete the letter by the deadline of February 4th, 2019.  

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

  • 2019 program dates: June 24, 2019 through August 16, 2019

  • 2019 program application deadline: February 4, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PST.  This is the deadline for the receipt of ALL of the components of the application: the general application, the UC Scholars-specific questions, and the letter of recommendation.

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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.
  • Not have graduated before the end of the program (August 16, 2019).
  • 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.

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).

Students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are first-generation students, students with disabilities, and women in STEM fields are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • A $2,800 stipend for the 8-week program
  • On-campus housing or a housing allowance
  • GRE training course
  • 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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