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The Transfer Research Experience (T-REx) for incoming transfer students offers a 4-week program in the summer before the first enrolled quarter (Fall 2023) where you work in a research group in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry side-by-side with other undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.

Find the program flyer HERE



The summer research opportunity requires a commitment to spend about 10 hours per week, for 4 weeks (Aug 7 – Sep 1) on campus for activities including working in a laboratory or computational research environment, performing experiments, participating in instrumentation facility tours, and research group meetings, and networking with researchers at all levels of experience. 

To support students during the Summer Research Experience, the Student Success Center at the School of Physical Sciences offers a $1,000 stipend for each participant (**). Housing or transportation is not provided.

In this program, you will participate in: 

Research Lab Placement & Mentorship: You will be matched with a faculty mentor in a lab who will guide you through your 4-week research experience. 

Transfer Student Socials: There were multiple in-person mixers with the rest of the program cohort. 

(*) Eligible majors include Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Pharmacological Chemistry, and Molecular Synthesis.

(**) This program is supported by a generous gift from The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation, San Diego.

The short application requires a personal statement (~300 words) describing your motivation to seek research experience, how participation would benefit your personal or career goals and areas of interest.

Prior research experience is not required. There are no GPA or course prerequisite criteria for selection. Space is limited and we expect to fill slots quickly.

Applications are now closed. 

The program starts in the week of August 1 with a virtual orientation (August 1st or 2nd; two orientations are offered to choose from). 

An in-person welcome event with graduate student mentors on campus in the afternoon of Friday, August 4th.

The program will end on September 1st. 

*A minimum of 10 hours of research done per week. Scheduling will depend on each faculty mentor. 

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This program is supported by a generous gift from The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation, San Diego.