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Undergraduate Research Student Profiles


Get inspired! Read about UC San Diego students who are participating (or have participated) in undergraduate research and are doing amazing things.

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Rohan Shah

Rohan Shah participated in the Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research (GEAR) program. He worked with Professor Nick Gravish on a prototype for sensorless robotic limbs. Click below to learn about Rohan's research experiences.

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Nhat Pham

Mathematics major and McNair alum Nhat Pham is currently studying abroad through UCEAP and conducting research at Tohoku University's WPI-AIMR in Sendai, Japan, with Professor Hiroshi Suito of the institute's Mathematical Sciences Group. Click below learn more about Nhat's experiences.

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Jordan Bunch

NanoEngingeering major Jordan Bunch studied the mechanical properties of semiconducting polymers for applications in optoelectronicsis as part of the TRELS, URS, and McNair programs. This fall, she is heading to Stanford University to start the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program! Click below to learn more!

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Jingyi Chen

Triple URH scholar Jingyi Chen has bridged her background in philosophy and feminist theories to research the impact of gender norms on domestic violence in China. Click below to learn more about her experiences in TRELS, FMP, and UC Scholars!

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Kate Jackson

As part of the DBMI Summer Internship Program, Kate Jackson investigated the ability of mouse models to recapitulate human disease. Click below to learn more about her research, advice, and goals!

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Ashley Thorshov

In the summer of 2023, Ashley was awarded the URS Research Scholarship for Physics (Hellman). During this program, she worked on research about inhomogeneous expansion process of materials called Hydrogels using laser interference. Click below to learn more about her experiences and future goals!

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Adrian Arciniega

Inspired by personal experiences, Adrian conducted research on aging through the MADURA and Genentech Programs. Click below to learn more about Adrian's research experiences.

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Pansée Elghayati

STARTneuro scholar, Pansée Elghayati, has been researching sexual dimorphic behaviors at the Stowers Lab in Scripps Research. She recently presented her research at SACNAS, a national conference, and won an award! Click below to learn more about her experiences.

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Merlin and Emma

As part of the 2023 ECE SRIP, Merlin and Emma researched ways to improve the
efficiency and communication of makerspaces at UCSD. Click below to learn about their experience in this valuable and collaborative research program. 

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Alyson Otañez

RSRI and TRELS alumna Alyson Otañez has been researching the effects of warehousing on the Inland Empire. Her experiences have shown her that research isn't just lab work. Click below to learn more about Alyson and her research experiences.

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Bernice Lozada

During Bernice Lozada's research career at UC San Diego, so far, she has been a part of the RSRI and FMP. Her research focuses on nanomedicine. Click below to learn more about Bernice's research experiences and aspirations!

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Matthew Uzelac

Triple URH alum Matthew Uzelac won the Goldwater Scholarship which provides up to $7,500 to sophomores and juniors to support their research project. Click below to learn more about Matthew's experience with applying for this scholarship and his experiences with oncology-based research in the Genentech, URS, and TRELS programs.

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Alexandra Garcia

In 2023, Alexandra was part of the McNair Scholars Program. Throughout the program, she conducted neuroscience research on social isolation. Click below to learn more about Alexandra's experiences with research and the McNair Program.

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Past Spotlights

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