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UC Scholars cohort

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.

Updated information

Applications for UC Scholars have closed for Summer 2019.

We expect all awards to be announced by late May. Please note that not all awards will be announced at the same time.

To check the status of your application, you may visit the application site. If awarded, you will receive an email, and your application status on the application site will change from "submitted" to "offered". If you are not selected for an award, your status will say "not offered". 

Please contact Dr. Kirsten Kung if you have an urgent need to know your status.

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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