Jonathan Bussing
Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Research: Exploring Ligand Design in Single Molecule Magnetism
Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Rinehart 


Jerika Chiong
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Rational Design of Metal-Organic Frameworks from Discrete Synthetic Clusters
Faculty Advisor: Akif Tezcan


Qinzhuo Gong
Research: The Distribution of Eigenvalues for Wigner Matrices
Faculty Advisor: Jonathan Novak


Raghav Kansal
Research: Arbitrary Ultra-Cold Atomic Lattices Using Holographic Optical Tweezers
Faculty Advisor: Julio Barreiro


Jianyu Long
Physics and Mathematics
Research: SanDix Acrylic TPC
Faculty Advisor: Kaixuan Ni


Alexander Lorenzo
Research: Cofilin Mediated Severing of Actin Filaments 
Faculty Advisor: Elena F. Koslover


Allen Po
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Understanding the Binding Interactions of the p50/RelA-with Transactivation Domain with Different κB DNA Sequences
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Komives


Joshua Richardson
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Synthetic Progress Toward Completely Substituted Aryl-Isocyanide Cobalt-Chalcogen Clusters
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Figueroa


Chu-Hsien Tsai
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Development of Galactophilc Tag for Targeting Proteins into Glycolipid Droplets
Faculty Advisor: Neal Devaraj


Russell Van Linge
Research: The Search for Low-Mass Stars Using Machine Learning
Faculty Advisor: Adam Burgasser


Ashley Warner
Research: Antiferromagnetic Domains of Rare-Earth Nickelate Thin Films Using Resonant Coherence X-ray Scattering
Faculty Advisor: Alex Frano


Laura Williamson
Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Research: Uncovering the Role of Oxygen Ligand Position in Conformationally Gated Electron Transfers in Nitrogenase
Faculty Advisor: Akif Tezcan


Megan Young
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Crosslinking Pseudomonas Aeruginosa ACP with Acyl Homoserine Lactone Synthases
Faculty Advisor: Michael Burkart


Jason Yu
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research: Synthesis of Hollow Tungsten Diselenide Nanoparticles
Faculty Advisor: Alina M. Schimpf


Ziyi Zhao
Research: A Simulation On Interference between two X-ray Beams Carrying Topological Charge
Faculty Advisor: Tenio Popminthchev

Initially conceived and started with funding from UC San Diego alumnus Bill Lee, MS 79, PhD 82, the Undergraduate Summer Research Awards program provides substantial stipends to enable students to conduct research under faculty mentorship during the summer. Launched in 2018, the program places students in the role of principal investigator, designing and pursuing new research, and learning not only from their successes, but also from experiencing failure as an intrinsic element of the scientific process.