Summer Research Program: Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS)

The TRELS Summer Research Program supports students pursuing research and experiential learning opportunities during the summer session.

TRELS SRP applicants must be current UC San Diego undergraduate students who will be continuing as UC San Diego undergraduate students during the following Fall Quarter. Applicants can be of any citizenship status and pursuing any major. All applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA at UC San Diego, except for newly enrolled first-year students and transfer students who may not yet have an official UC San Diego GPA at the time of applying.

Students who participate in the TRELS Summer Research Program will earn a $5,000 stipend, which is disbursed via your Student Financial Solutions (SFS) account over several installments during the summer. TRELS scholars in the summer program are expected to be devoted full-time to their project and related TRELS activities over the full 10 weeks of the summer session. Accordingly, TRELS scholars in the summer program are not allowed to work on campus or pursue courses for academic credit during the summer session.

Summer Research Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. TRELS - Statement of Interest

    Explain how your participation in the TRELS program will help you achieve your educational and career goals.

  2. TRELS - Statement of Obstacles

    Explain what obstacles you have faced that have limited your ability to do research, participate in creative endeavors, or do community service projects. How will the TRELS program help to alleviate these obstacles?

  3. TRELS - Project Proposal

    Please describe the project you would like to conduct in terms that can be understood by a non-expert audience.

    Each project proposal will be different based on your field of study, but some general points that you MIGHT discuss include: topic, central question(s), methods, and/or a project timeline.

    We encourage students to reach out to faculty mentors and/or the Writing Hub ( for support and feedback in writing project proposals.

  4. TRELS - Independence

    TRELS is meant to support your independent project, which should be supervised and mentored by a faculty member, but which should be your own work and responsibility. Please explain how your project reflects your independent work. If you are proposing to work on a larger collaborative project, please explain which piece of this project will be your specific responsibility.

  5. TRELS SRP - Deliverables

    The TRELS Summer Research Program requires each student to present the outcomes/findings of their project in the form of an oral presentation at the Summer Research Conference (SRC) in mid-August (week 8 of the 10-week program), as well as a written paper due by the end of August (week 10 of the 10-week program). Please explain your current plan for sharing your project in these formats and how you will plan to meet the timeline.

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