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URH Academic Year Programs

The Undergraduate Research Hub offers UC San Diego undergraduates the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic or professional preparation during the academic year 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.

  • CAMP


    The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics is a UC-wide program that provides support 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.
  • 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 in the program will conduct research starting the 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) are awarded $1,000 for work on their project in the quarter in which they are awarded (winter or spring). You'll use the funds for research, guided artistic or creative projects, or public service opportunities, under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member.