UC Scholars

ELIGIBILITY: The UC Scholars Program is open to UC San Diego undergraduate students in all majors and citizenship statuses. Applicants must have junior standing or above (at least 90 units) by the end of Spring Quarter. Participants may not graduate prior to the end of the program. Applicants must have a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. (including combined Ph.D. programs, such as M.D./Ph.D.). Applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above.


The UC Scholars Program is an 8-week, full-time summer research experience for undergraduates, supported by UC San Diego’s Office of Student Affairs and Academic Enrichment Programs. Students receive a stipend, housing, GRE training, professional development training, and 30 hours of faculty-mentored research a week. The program is intended for students who are interested in eventually pursuing a PhD.


Preference will be given to students who have not participated previously in the Academic Enrichment Programs Office’s 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.


Be sure you have reviewed the information about the UC Scholars Program and its expectations before you complete this application:

UC Scholars Website.


Program objectives

  • Provide students with the skills to become research scholars
  • Stimulate students’ serious consideration of graduate study
  • Increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career


Program dates and deadlines

2018 program dates: June 25, 2018 through August 17, 2018


2018 program application deadline: February 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PST

This is the deadline for the receipt of ALL of the components of the application: the general application, the UC Scholars-specific questions, and the letter of recommendation.


Application information

In order to apply, you must complete both a general application as well as an application that is specific to UC Scholars.


Letter of Recommendation

Your application will not be complete until a letter of recommendation is received (only one letter is needed). As part of the UC Scholars portion of the application, you will provide the name and contact information of your letter writer. Once you save the UC Scholars portion of the application, the letter writer will receive instructions about how to submit your letter of recommendation online. We strongly recommend that applicants contact potential letter writers in advance to confirm that they will be able to write a letter and complete the required form on the applicant’s behalf. Letters from faculty are preferred. Letters from supervisors in research-focused industry or organizations are also acceptable.


Because letter writers will only receive information about the letter of recommendation after you have saved your UC Scholars portion of the application, it is important that you do so as soon as possible so that your letter writer will have sufficient time to complete the letter by the deadline of February 1st, 2018.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Kirsten Kung at kkung@ucsd.edu

Award
$2800 stipend plus housing, GRE prep, workshops, seminars
Deadline
02/01/2018
Supplemental Questions
  1. UC Scholars - Information about your letter of recommendation writer

    Your application will not be complete until a letter of recommendation is received (only one letter is needed). Please provide the name and contact information of your letter writer below. Once you save the UC Scholars portion of the application, the letter writer will receive instructions about how to submit the letter of recommendation online (you can save your application without submitting it). *We strongly recommend that applicants contact potential letter writers in advance to confirm that they will be able to write a letter and complete the required form on the applicant's behalf.* Saving your application will automatically send the letter request to your letter writer, so be sure to contact him/her in advance. Letters from faculty are preferred. Letters from supervisors in research-focused industry or organizations are also acceptable.

    Because letter writers will only receive information about the letter of recommendation *after* you have saved your UC Scholars portion of the application, it is important that you do so as soon as possible so that your letter writer will have sufficient time to complete the letter by the deadline of February ________, 2019.
    • a. Faculty recommender's name (first and last) and email address
    • b. Faculty recommender's department
    • c. Faculty recommender's institution/university
  2. If you transferred to UC San Diego, when was your first quarter here (please list quarter and year)?
  3. UC Program Participation
    • a. Have you ever participated in any of the below-listed programs at the University of California? If 'None of the above' please so indicate.
    • b. Other (please specify; if no other programs, please enter n/a)
  4. UC Scholars - Personal Statement

    Please upload a personal statement explaining your research interests and why you would like to participate in this program.

    In 500 words or less state your purpose in applying to the UC Scholars Program at UC San Diego. Describe in detail a specific area in which you plan to pursue graduate study and your future career goals. You may want to include any additional information that might aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation, potential, and aptitude for doing research. This is also a good opportunity to explain how you overcame obstacles, achieved academic goals, and/or conditions that may have adversely impacted your academic advancement in college.
  5. Are there any responses that you feel need clarification? For instance, if you indicated that one of your parents received a college degree, but that person was a non-custodial parent with whom you had few interactions, you could indicate that here.