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All URH Programs

The Undergraduate Research Hub offers UC San Diego undergraduates the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic or professional preparation in virtually any academic major including science, math, engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Explore these program sites to learn more about student research programs that can help support students conducting research with scholarships, college credit and professional development opportunities

The URH PROGRAMS TABLE below provides a brief overview of all URH programs to help you quickly identify which programs may suit your needs and that you want to explore further.

URH Programs Table

  • CAMP


    The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics is a UC-wide program that provides support and a summer research program for ethnically underrepresented students majoring in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology.


    EMPOWER Scholars are transfer engineering students who meet program eligibility requirements and are driven to take major strides toward their engineering careers by utilizing scholarship, mentorship, and academic resources provided to them.
  • Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

    Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

    The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) allows students with at least sophomore standing (45+ units) to work as a research assistants to a UC San Diego faculty member for at least 10 hours per week during the academic year; participate in a research project; receive 4 units of independent study credit each quarter; and present their research at the annual Online Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the academic year.
  • Genentech Scholars Program

    Genentech Scholars Program

    The Genentech Scholars Program is a 10-week, full-time summer research experience for undergraduates in the life sciences and biotechnology fields, supported by the Genentech Foundation.
  • Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)

    Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP)

    The Learning-Aligned Employment Program (LAEP) allows a participating student to conduct research that relates to the student's area of study, career objective, or the exploration of career objectives. Research is not limited to scientific research and can take place outside of an academic discipline.
  • McNair Program

    McNair Program

    The McNair Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide low-income, first generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, with doctoral study preparation. McNair students conduct research from winter quarter through the summer.
  • Regents Scholar Research Initiative (RSRI)

    Regents Scholar Research Initiative (RSRI)

    The Regents Scholar Research Initiative (RSRI) is a program for incoming Regents Scholars. The program aims to provide research experiences for some of UC San Diego's most talented incoming undergraduates in order to jump start their UC San Diego career. The program is designed to give students and mentors the flexibly to customize the mentorship in a way that best suits the students' skills and the labs' needs.
  • STARTneuro


    STARTneuro is a competitive program that trains, mentors, and funds diverse incoming transfer students as they enter neuroscience research. Students start in the summer before they start at UC San Diego and continue their research for two years, through the academic years and following summer.


    Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) conduct research, guided artistic or creative projects, or public service opportunities, under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member. During the winter and spring, there is a $1000 award. During the summer, there is a $5000 stipend.
  • UC Scholars

    UC Scholars

    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 the Undergraduate Research Hub.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS)

    Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS)

    In UC San Diego's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) program, several different donor-funded scholarships are available across multiple research areas. Undergraduate students use the funds for a research project to be completed over the summer under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty mentor.