Summer CAMP

Summer CAMP fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to UC San Diego students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, juniors (or have at least 90 units) or seniors by the time the program begins, have not previously participated in Summer CAMP, and meet the following requirements:

  • African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders
  • Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Marine Biology, or Earth Sciences major. Other similar disciplines may be eligible.
  • GPA Requirement: 2.7 and above

If you would like clarification as to whether or not you are eligible, please contact us at

The UC San Diego Summer CAMP is a ten-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The objectives of the program are to provide students with the skills to pursue research careers and to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study. The program takes place from Monday, June 26 to Friday, September 1, 2023.

Students receive a $3,500 fellowship and free on-campus housing (meal plan/points not included) or a housing allowance to help offset the cost of living off campus.

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$3,500 fellowship and free on-campus housing or housing allowance.
Summer Research Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. CAMP Eligibility Do you affirm that you meet the CAMP eligibility requirements?
  2. CAMP - Personal Essay - Explain how your participation in CAMP can help you achieve your educational and career goals. Please describe how your skills and experiences will allow you to conduct the kind of research you intend to pursue during the award period. You should also provide an explanation of the kind of skills, experiences, and/or professional relationships you hope to develop as a result of your participation in CAMP.
  3. CAMP Mission The California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) is an NSF-funded program that has two primary goals: 1) to increase the retention and graduation of historically underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, such that 2) these students will diversify the nation’s STEM careers. Please indicate how you support the mission of CAMP.
  4. CAMP - Project Description Please describe the research you would like to conduct in terms that can be understood by a non-expert audience. We encourage students to reach out to faculty mentors and/or the Writing Hub ( for support and feedback in writing project descriptions.
  5. CAMP - Faculty Mentor Please enter the name of your faculty mentor.
  6. CAMP - Faculty Mentor Email Address Please enter your faculty mentor's email address.
  7. CAMP - Faculty Support Please re-enter the name and email of your faculty mentor by clicking "Add a New Reference" ASAP. This should be the UC San Diego academic faculty member with whom you plan to do your CAMP project. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, research scientists, and/or visiting lecturers are not eligible to serve as formal CAMP mentors, although we do encourage students to develop additional mentoring relationships beyond their primary faculty mentor. Once this information is entered and saved, our office will send an auto-email to your professor requesting their support. Please speak to your supporting professor for authorization before you begin your application. Read the application instructions very carefully and follow up with your professor to confirm their receipt of the auto-emails. Applications without a statement of support will not be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the statement of support is submitted by the application deadline.

    Note that there is NO LETTER of recommendation required, just a request for the faculty to agree to statements of support for this project.

  8. CAMP - Project Area
  9. CAMP - Project Area (Other)
  10. Previous 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)
  11. Clarification of Responses
  12. How did you hear about this application?
    • How did you hear about this application?
    • If you selected any option(s) that ask(s) you to "Specify Below," please elaborate here. Otherwise, type N/A.
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