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Other Campus Research Programs

There are many undergraduate research programs across the UC San Diego campus. The research programs listed here are hosted by other departments, not by the Undergraduate Research Hub. The descriptions are direct quotes from the programs' websites. For additional information about these programs, please follow the weblinks. If you have questions about these programs, contact the programs directly. 

If you are a coordinator of an undergraduate research program and would like to be included in this list, please contact us at ugresearch@ucsd.edu 

4cs @ UCSD - Chemistry and Biochemistry

Starting in 2015, our '4cs @ UCSD' program offers 10 first year (or the equivalent) students attending the extensive network of two-year colleges within commuting distance of UC San Diego an intensive and integrated early undergraduate research experience in the chemical sciences, at the frontiers of materials synthesis, human health and disease, energy and environmental science. Prior research experience is neither required nor expected. Students will work closely with faculty and graduate students on a research project related to their interests. And "local" has its advantages - including extended time for research, training, and mentoring!

For more information: https://chemistry.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/research/NSF-REU.html 

Bioengineering REU: Engineered Materials for Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery

The Jacobs School of Engineering (JSOE) at UC San Diego hosts a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program in Biomaterials. The objectives of the program are to train undergraduates in basic research through challenging biomaterial-related engineering projects performed with research mentors from engineering departments across JSOE. Research areas include tissue engineering and 3D printing, bio-inspired biomaterials, biomaterial-stem cell interaction, nanoparticles, and drug delivery.

For more information: https://www.be.ucsd.edu/reu

CAICE - Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment

The NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE, pronounced case) focuses on improving our understanding of how aerosol particles impact the environment, air quality, and climate. Led by Prof. Kimberly Prather, UC San Diego Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, the Center’s goal is to understand critical details regarding the chemistry of aerosols. CAICE operates a summer research program for undergraduate students during each summer, with participants at multiple universities associated with the Center.

For more information: https://caice.ucsd.edu/summer-undergraduate-research/ 

Colors of the Brain-KIBM Scholars

Colors of the Brain, in collaboration with The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, have established a new summer undergraduate research program (CoB-KIBM Scholars) that launched in Summer 2021. Our goals are to motivate, mentor and facilitate the transition of undergraduate students at UC San Diego that come from disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, into Ph.D. programs with significant relevance to neuroscience. The CoB-KIBM Scholars Program consists of a paid ($5,000 stipend, housing included in this stipend), full-time research position across 10 weeks within a UC San Diego or Salk laboratory, along with mentorship and support for navigating academic research for the remainder of their undergraduate education. We highly encourage students with little or no research experience to apply.

For more information: https://colorsofthebrain.com/cob-kibm/

CSE-ERSP - Computer Science & Engineering

The UCSD Computer Science and Engineering Early Research Scholars Program (CSE-ERSP) is a team-based research apprentice experience for computer science and engineering majors in their second year of the program.   Students work in teams of four, and each team is matched with an active research project in the department.  Students learn about research in computer science and then propose and carry out an independent research project over the course of an academic year.

For more information: https://ersp.eng.ucsd.edu/

DBMI Summer Internship - Department of Biomedical Informatics

Projects in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at UC San Diego Health's summer internship program cover a range of topic areas and vary according to the intern's background and interests. Past projects have included predictive modeling for personalized medicine; privacy technology; natural language processing; image processing and retrieval; integration of genotypic, phenotypic, and behavioral patient data for discovery; informed consent ontology/tools; and blockchain technology.

For more information: https://dbmi.ucsd.edu/education/internships/index.html 

ECE SRIP - Electrical & Computer Engineering

The ECE Spring/Summer Internship Program is an unpaid internship opportunity for all UCSD ECE undergraduate and MS students to gain internship experience in the field.

For more information: https://www.ece.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/SRIP

E4E - Engineers for Exploration

Engineers for Exploration (E4E) is a one of a kind program centered around multidisciplinary and collaborative student research projects with the broad goals of protecting the environment, uncovering mysteries related to cultural heritage, and providing experiential learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. We team student engineers with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, such as ecology, oceanography and archaeology. Students create new technologies to aid these scientists in their work and then accompany them on field deployments around the world. Projects train students in embedded systems and software, machine learning, electronic integration, mechanical design, system building, as well as project management and team leadership.

For more information: http://e4e.ucsd.edu/

GEAR (Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research)

GEAR is a year-long research apprenticeship program for second year students in the Jacobs School of Engineering*. Students applying for the 2022-2023 cohort should be in their second year at UC San Diego during the 2022-2023 academic year. As a GEAR Research Apprentice, you will work with a teammate on a research project within a Jacobs School of Engineering faculty research lab.

For more information: https://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/idea/current-undergraduates/gear

HDSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program - Data Science

The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Undergraduate Scholarship Program supports multidisciplinary student-led projects. The scholarships will provide opportunities for students to work closely with a mentor to develop analytical skills, develop data science portfolios, and foster novel data-driven approaches to problem solving. 

For more information: https://datascience.ucsd.edu/academics/financial-opportunities/ 

IMSD - Biomedical Sciences

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program is a NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded program to increase diversity in the biomedical sciences by supporting and encouraging undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups, disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds, and students with disabilities to pursue Ph.D. studies in the biomedical sciences and become future scientists. Our program has 2 phases: an unpaid basic lab skills training, and possible placement in a research mentor’s lab for paid work experience. Participants receive individual advising and support in preparing graduate school applications and are eligible for financial assistance to present their research project at national undergraduate research conferences. The majority of IMSD graduates go on to Ph.D. programs at prestigious universities throughout the U.S.

For more information: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/education/CIHED/programs/IMSD/Pages/default.aspx

IRACDA SURF Program

San Diego IRACDA fellows develop and direct a SURF Fellowship Program for students underrepresented in science. The SURF program is an exciting 8-week research internship for San Diego City College students that work with an IRACDA Postdoctoral fellow on an ongoing research project and participate in weekly professional development workshops, directed by IRACDA fellows. Students will experience the rigors and challenges of doing research at a top rated research institution by engaging in 6-8 hours of laboratory research per day. 

For more information: http://iracda.ucsd.edu/wordpress/summer-research-program/

Make UR MARC Summer Fellowship

The Make UR MARC Fellowship has been designed to address the imbalance of underrepresented professionals in scientific professions by providing an in-depth, hands-on opportunity for these students to study alongside scientists well-established in their fields.This is a 10-week full-time paid fellowship within a UCSD laboratory for students who have completed at least one year of college. With guidance from a laboratory principal investigator and other staff members, the fellow will carry out a research project, which entails performing experiments, presenting their findings at a conference, and participating in discussions to determine the project’s scientific direction. 

For more information: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/medicine/divisions/rai/research/marc/pilot-project-grants-and-vouchers/Pages/Fellowships.aspx

The MADURA Program - Aging Research

The MADURA (Mentorship for Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Research on Aging) Program is a training opportunity funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging for UC San Diego Latinx and other underrepresented minority (URM) group undergraduates. Students may be at any year level but must have an interest in some aspect of Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease research or clinical services. 

For more information: https://maduraprogram.ucsd.edu/ 

Maryam Ahmadian Memorial Summer Fellowship Program for Undergraduate Research in Metabolism

Summer research fellowships are available in Metabolic Disease for deserving and committed UCSD undergraduates focused on obesity, diabetes, and related disorders. Ten week stipends will be available for selected candidates to work in laboratories at UCSD or the Salk Institute led by principal investigators who are members in good standing of the UCSD Diabetes Research Center.

For more information: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/research/IDMH/Pages/Fellowship-Program.aspx

MPL Summer Internship Program - Marine Science and Technology

The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) seeks inquisitive motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology or related majors.

Undergraduate college students contemplating a career in scientific research and development are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology. This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff.

For more information: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program 

MRSEC - Materials Science & Engineering

The University of California San Diego MRSEC Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides full-time summer undergraduate research opportunities at the forefront of materials science and engineering.  Participants in our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary program, which focuses on predictive assemblies and engineered living materials, will be fully immersed in the research laboratories of the MRSEC faculty from 5 departments across campus (Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, NanoEngineering, Physics), as they engage in projects with a focus in either or both experiment and theory.

For more information: https://mrsec.ucsd.edu/reu/

The UCSD MSTP Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

A program designed for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in learning about a career as a Physician-Scientist (M.D./Ph.D.). This program is closely linked to the MST (Medical Scientist Training) Program.

For more information: https://medschool.ucsd.edu/education/mstp/surf/Pages/default.aspx

NSF REU Program on Designing for Safety and Safety by Design - Structural Engineering

The overarching goal of this NSF REU Summer Program is to immerse students in a meaningful and highly interdisciplinary research environment within the structural engineering domain and to teach them that design does not end with construction. Instead, designing for safety embodies: quantifying potential load conditions, damage mechanics, and uncertainties; monitoring for anomalies during operations; processing this information through cyber-modeling via digital surrogates; and translating the information to actionable knowledge for improving current and future system designs.

For more information: https://armor.eng.ucsd.edu/apply/reu

Physical Sciences Division - Undergraduate Summer Research Award

The Undergraduate Summer Research Award provides funding for UC San Diego undergraduates 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 2021). 

For more information: https://center.ucsd.edu/mentor-village/undergraduate-research-award

SDNI REU - Nanotechnology

The goal of this program is to provide undergrads with research experience in the field of nanotechnology as well as professional development through programmatic activities which will enrich their experiential learning and better prepare them for graduate school. Please take note that each selected participant will be assigned to a faculty mentor involved with nanotechnology research, and specific research area will depend on faculty’s availability. Participation in all weekly programmatic activities is essential to successfully complete the program. At the end of the program, REU students will have the opportunity to present their research project outcomes at the NNCI Annual REU convocation as well as the UCSD Summer Conference.

For more information: http://sdni-center.ucsd.edu/programs

STARS: Summer Training Academy for Research Success

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program is an eight-week summer research academy for community college students, undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and masters students. Opened to all disciplines, STARS offers student participants a rigorous research opportunity with esteemed UC San Diego faculty, informative transfer and graduate school preparation workshops, and educational, cultural, and social activities in sunny San Diego.

For more information: https://grad.ucsd.edu/diversity/programs/stars/index.html

SIO SURF

SURF fellows will typically spend eight hours a day, Monday - Friday, engaged in their faculty-led research projects. In addition to research training, the SURF program provides mentoring and workshops to prepare participants for success in pursuing careers and graduate school in earth and ocean sciences. Fellows also attend weekly research seminars, career panels, and give a formal presentation of their results at the SURF Research Symposium at the end of the program.  The SURF program also includes local field trips and social events.

For more information: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/undergrad/surf/program-details

UC LEADS - STEM fields

The UC LEADS program prepares promising undergraduate students for advanced education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This program is designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged undergraduates enrolled in UC San Diego who are likely to succeed in graduate school, and to provide these students with undergraduate educational experiences that will prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service, and academia following completion of a doctoral STEM degree.

For more information: https://grad.ucsd.edu/diversity/programs/uc-leads/index.html