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See news stories highlighting Undergraduate Research at UC San Diego, and the students we serve.

ARTICLE: Bridging Gaps Between College and Career

New Learning-Aligned Employment Program offers paid research positions for students with financial need.

Click below to read the full article in UC San Diego Today.


Neurobiology Student Matthew Uzelac Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Neurobiology student Matthew Uzelac recently was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship. The School of Biological Sciences spoke with Matthew and his mentor, Dr. Weg Ongkeko, about Matthew's research experiences and winning the award. Click below to read more!

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Diverse Undergraduate Research Spotlighted at Conference

The Undergraduate Research Conference was back in person for 2023! UC San Diego Today wrote an article about the conference and highlighted research by Abigal Wright (literature and writing); Alexandria Garcia (neuroscience); Aaron Deans (marine biology and music); and Luowen Yu (cognitive and behavioral neuroscience). Click below to read the article!


Publication Alert!

A case study of a novel summer bridge program to prepare transfer students for research in biological sciences

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research volume 4, Article number: 27 (2022)

Austin L. Zuckerman, Ashley L. Juavinett, Eduardo R. Macagno, Brenda L. Bloodgood, Terry Gaasterland, David Artis & Stanley M. Lo


cur logoUC San Diego is now an Enhanced Institutional Member of CUR!

I am excited to announce UC San Diego is now an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a distinguished national organization with a mission “to support and promote high-quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.” URH is especially delighted to be the primary contact between CUR and the UC San Diego research community.

Every researcher will benefit from this membership: for administrators and faculty members, there are assessment tools, publications, and national conferences and support networks on creating, maintaining, and evaluating undergraduate research programs; for students, CUR sponsors events showcasing undergraduate research, including the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Click here to find out more about CUR and to activate your free membership. And watch this space for more news about ways to become an active member of CUR at UC San Diego.

- Dr. David Artis

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$5M from NSF to Empower Transfer Students to Earn Engineering Degrees

The EMPOWER Scholars program for transfer engineering students is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and the Undergraduate Research Hub. Click below to read UC San Diego Today's write-up about the program.

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UC San Diego Ranked No. 3 Best Public College by Forbes

Our McNair program and the Undergraduate Research Hub was recognized in this news article about UC San Diego being ranked the #3 best public college. Click below to read more!

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Undergraduate Research Gives Rise to Doctoral Dreams

This year, the [McNair] program reached an impressive milestone—more than 150 McNair Program alumni have earned a Ph.D. over the past three decades, with many of them now serving as professors and researchers across the nation.  Click below to read the UC San Diego News Center article Erika Johnson wrote about the McNair Program and the 150 celebration event.

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For Regents Scholars, Matchmaking is a Research Affair

As an incoming freshman, Luke Sztajnkrycer was given an opportunity to do something off limits to most first-year college students: work in the lab of a faculty researcher whose work mirrored his own academic interests.

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Two UC San Diego students present their research, standing at a podium, at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference

Converging on Entrepreneurship

Students in the Converge Summer Incubator Program spend each week focusing on an aspect of entrepreneurship including creating a vision for their company, building business models, and understanding the financial and legal aspects of running a startup. This year’s program centered on addressing civic challenges affecting San Diego.

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2020 Undergraduate Library Research Prize

Check out the 2020 Undergraduate Library Research Prize winners and read more about their research projects!

Meet the Winners

Two UC San Diego students present their research, standing at a podium, at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference
Organized by the PATH program, students and community members created “Sweetwall,” an arts activation event on campus. Photos by Farshid Bazmandegan / Division of Arts and Humanities

Putting a Dent in Food Waste

Undergrads Will Tanaka and Enid Patrika (URC Conference participants) receive Lemelson-MIT Prize for novel technology.

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Passion Projects

UC San Diego's annual Undergraduate Research Conference drew 180 students from multiple disciplines.

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Two UC San Diego students present their research, standing at a podium, at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference
2018 Undergraduate Library Research Prize winner Sherry Zheng

Undergraduate Library Research Prizes

Link to a list of the 2018 winners, and read more about their research projects.

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