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How to Apply


  • Full-time UC San Diego undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Participants may not graduate before the end of the program.
  • The UC Scholars Program is open to students from any major. The Genentech Scholars Program is for students interested in pursuing a career in life sciences or biotechnology.
  • Open to students of any citizenship status.
  • Applicants must have completed at least 90 units before the program begins (i.e., by the end of Spring Quarter).
  • A UC San Diego GPA of at least 2.8 is required in order to participate.
  • Applicants should have a serious interest in pursuing a research career.
  • A letter of recommendation is required for an application to be reviewed.

Preference will be given to students who have not participated previously in the Summer Research Program (SRP).

Students who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups, students who are first-generation students, students with disabilities, and women in STEM fields are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Stipend
    • $3,000 stipend for the 8-week program (UC Scholars)
    • $3,500 stipend for the 10-week program (Genentech Scholars)
  • On-campus housing or a housing allowance
  • GRE training course
  • 30 hours of research a week
  • 199 (independent study) credit (tuition is paid for by the program)

Program Requirements

Participants devote substantial time (at least 30 hours per week) to a research project that is supervised by a faculty mentor. Students may continue working on an existing project with a faculty member or may develop a new project based on their research interests. Students do not need to have a mentor confirmed at the time of application.  The program activities are substantial, requiring a full-time commitment from each student (students cannot work, take classes, participate in any other summer research program, or go on vacation while in the program).

Attendance at meetings and seminars is mandatory.

Each student will be required to submit a research abstract and paper. Students also will present their projects in the form of an oral presentation at the Summer Research Conference at UC San Diego in August. 

Students are expected to comply with the:

  • UC San Diego Code of Conduct
  • Safety rules and regulations of research groups where they work
  • GRE preparation course rules
  • Mentoring procedures set forth by the UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars faculty and staff

Application details

The application is closed and to check in late Fall Quarter for the next cycle of applications.


Coordinator Contact Information

UC Scholars Contact: Kirsten Kung, PhD


Phone: (858) 822-3750


Genentech Scholars Contact: Sophia Tsai, PhD


Phone: (858) 534-9014

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