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Undergraduate Summer Research Award

Student awardees

The Undergraduate Summer Research Award provides funding for UC San Diego undergraduate students majoring in the physical sciences (chemistry & biochemistry, mathematics, physics) to conduct a summer research project under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member. The program immerses students full time in a research topic for 10 weeks (Summer 2022). Students are awarded a $4,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting a summer research project.

Scholarships are competitive. Students applying for this program are required to work with a faculty member to develop and endorse a research proposal. Women, military veterans, and students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Summer Research Awardees are expected to provide a written report of their accomplishments at the end of the 10-week term, as well as participate in a public poster session presenting their research. The program dates are June 27, 2022 - September 5, 2022.

Please send inquiries to student-success-center@ucsd.edu.

Note

If you are interested in learning more about the eligibility requirements, financial aid and the need-based scholarship, the application, or the review and selection process, please join us during the Undergraduate Summer Research Award Information Session! This session will be held virtually on Thursday, February 3rd, from 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Register to the session using this link: https://forms.gle/BATza7v13bx2ibLe9

Eligibility

  • The summer research program accepts applications from undergraduate students with majors in any of the departments of the Division of Physical Sciences (Chemistry & Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics).
  • Previous recipients of the Undergraduate Summer Research Award are eligible to apply; however, applicants who have not previously received an award will be prioritized. 
  • Applicants must be an enrolled UCSD student* during the research term in July-August 2022.
    •  *Enrolled UCSD student meaning you were registered for SP22, are planning on enrolling in FA22, and/or enrolled in Summer Session 2022.  
    • If applicants will be graduating in Spring 2022 and no longer in attendance at UCSD, they are not eligible to apply. 

Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Disclaimer

    • Students are awarded a $4,000 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting a summer research project.  
    • Awards are intended to be allocated specifically during summer months for research and will not displace financial aid for the academic year unless the student is enrolled in Summer Session and receiving financial aid.
      • Please note that if you plan to enroll in Summer Session and receive Summer financial aid, you may not be eligible to receive the $4,000 award from the Division of Physical Sciences. Per Federal regulations, each student is subject to a limited amount of aid (which includes this summer research award). Students should discuss potential impacts on their financial aid with a counselor at finaid@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-4480.

Need-Based Scholarship

Students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible to receive a need-based scholarship in the amount of $3,500 in addition to the $4,000 research award. Eligibility will be determined by the financial aid office. Applicants can apply for the scholarship by checking the appropriate boxes on the application form and giving the program administrators consent to consult the financial aid office to determine eligibility. A 2021 - 2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application must be on file to be considered for the scholarship.

Note: International students do not qualify for this scholarship. 

Please send inquiries to student-success-center@ucsd.edu.

Application Instructions

  • Students applying to this program need to provide the name and a nonconfidential endorsement letter of a faculty member who commits to serve as a mentor and host for the summer research.
  • Mentor faculty can be affiliated with any department or school at UC San Diego. They do not need to be affiliated with the Division of Physical Sciences.
  • For the mentor endorsement letter, it is sufficient to include a simple statement that the faculty agrees to host the student for research on the project over the summer. The faculty letter is not confidential and does not need to contain an evaluation of the student. (Statements from the faculty letter will not be considered for award review and selection)
  • Link to apply: https://forms.gle/jcs5UbrYTxGkYzo9A
    • The deadline to apply is March 7th, 2022.

Review and Selection

  • Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee with participation from previous years’ awardee mentors.
  • Review is done by one of three committees, depending on the subject area, consisting of faculty from, respectively, the departments of chemistry & biochemistry, mathematics, or physics.
  • Applications are evaluated in 5 categories:
    • The Personal Statement is evaluated for expressing awareness and motivation for the importance of individual research experience.
    • The Research Plan is evaluated for 1) sufficient description of the broader background for the project, 2) clear statement about the activities the student will perform, 3) description of the expected outcomes, and 4) whether the project goals are realistic for the summer research period.
  • Each application is reviewed by at least 2 faculty.

Tips For Submitting A Successful Proposal

  • Start early to identify a mentor for your summer research. Faculty often has ideas about summer research projects. Before preparing an application, speak to faculty and discuss possible research projects.
  • Do not submit an application without approval by the mentor faculty mentioned in the application.

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william-lee-profile.jpgInitially conceived and started with funding from UC San Diego alumnus Bill Lee, MS 79, PhD 82, the Undergraduate Summer Research Awards 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 private 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.