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Summer Program Descriptions

AEP 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 and grad-school prep opportunities that are active over the summer:

  • Ahmadian Summer Fellowship

    Ahmadian Summer Fellowship

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

    Summer CAMP

    The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics is a statewide initiative funded by the University of California and the National Science Foundation. CAMP’s objective is to increase the quality and quantity of minority students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the University of California.

  • CoB-KIBM


    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 Institute 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. No letters of recommendation are required. Undocumented students, with or without DACA, are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Genentech Scholars Program

    Genentech Scholars Program

    The Genentech Scholars Program is an opportunity funded by the Genentech Foundation. This program supports students with an interest in a research career in life sciences or biotechnology. Genentech Scholars is open to UC San Diego students of all citizenship statuses. There is one application for both the Genentech Scholars Program and the UC Scholars Program.
  • McNair Scholars Program

    McNair Scholars Program

    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.
  • TRELS Summer Research Program

    TRELS Summer Research Program

    The Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) Summer Research Program is a 10-week paid experiential learning opportunity open to undergraduates of any class standing and any major. Your research project can consist of research or creative activities in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities, as well as public service projects and interdisciplinary activities.

  • UC Scholars Program

    UC Scholars Program

    The UC Scholars Program is an opportunity supported by the Division of Student Affairs and AEP. This 8-week program is open to UC San Diego undergraduates of all citizenship statuses with a serious interest in a research career in any discipline. There is one application for both the UC Scholars Program and the Genentech Scholars Program.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    In UC San Diego's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) program, several different scholarships are available across multiple research areas, encompassing all fields of interest. Undergraduate students use the scholarship to support a research project to be completed over the summer. The application period begins in late fall and closes in February for programs available the following summer. The URS program is made possible by the generous donation of private donors, non-profit organizations, and UC San Diego departments.