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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.



If you have applied for the Summer Research Program, please know we are continuing to prepare for it as always. We are reviewing applications, planning associated events (including the Summer Research Conference) and working with our partners to make sure projects can be completed remotely if necessary and that housing or a housing allowance will be provided to all participants as well as a stipend.

While the Summer Research Program will be virtual this year and we are committed to bringing a solid experience to all students involved. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the program in general or your specific SRP program.


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

  • 2020 program dates: June 22, 2020 through August 14, 2020
  • 2020 program application deadline: February 3, 2020, 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 14, 2020).
  • Not take any outside classes or work during the 8-week duration of the program. Participants will receive 4 units of 199 credit; however, they may not be enrolled in any other courses during Summer Session I or Summer Session II.

  • 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 research career

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)

Program Requirements

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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