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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 Office of Undergraduate Research. For additional information about these programs, please follow the weblinks. If you have questions about these programs, contact the programs directly. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HDSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

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. 

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The MADURA Program

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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). 

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