UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars Summer Research Programs

The UC Scholars Program and the Genentech Scholars Program are sister programs that share many features. This application is used for both programs (there is not a separate application for each program). Applicants who complete this application can indicate whether they are interested in being considered for the UC Scholars Program, the Genentech Scholars Program, or both.

ELIGIBILITY: The UC Scholars Program is open to UC San Diego undergraduate students in all majors; the Genentech Scholars Program is designed for students with an interest in life sciences and biotechnology fields. Both programs are open to students of all citizenship statuses. Applicants must have junior standing or above (at least 90 units) and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above by the end of Spring Quarter. Participants may not graduate prior to the end of the program; if you are planning to graduate in June and get accepted into the program, it may be possible to delay graduation and participate. Please contact the program coordinator for more details. The programs are intended for students who are interested in pursuing a research career. Preference will be given to students who have not participated previously in the Undergraduate Research Hub’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.


BENEFITS: The UC Scholars Program and the Genentech Scholars Program are full-time summer research experiences for undergraduates. UC Scholars is an 8-week program supported by UC San Diego’s Office of the Vice Chancellor — Student Affairs and the Undergraduate Research Hub. Genentech Scholars is a 10-week program supported by the Genentech Foundation. Students receive a stipend, housing support, GRE training, professional development training, and 30 hours of faculty-mentored research a week.


Be sure you have reviewed eligibility and expectations about the UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars Programs before you complete this application:

UC Scholars and Genentech 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

Tentative 2023 program dates:
June 26, 2023 through August 18, 2023 (UC Scholars)
June 26, 2023 through September 1, 2023 (Genentech)


2023 program application deadline: February 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
2023 letter of recommendation deadline: February 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time

This is the deadline for the receipt of ALL of the application components: the general application, the undergraduate application, the UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars Summer Research Program application (program-specific questions). The letter of recommendation will be due by February 8th, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.


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 and Genentech Scholars portion of the application, you will provide the name and contact information of your letter writer. Once you save the UC Scholars and Genentech 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. Applicants who have transferred to UC San Diego this year sometimes obtain a letter from a professor at their former institution.


Because letter writers will only receive information about the letter of recommendation after you have saved your UC Scholars and Genentech 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 8th, 2023.


Questions? Please contact Dr. Kirsten Kung at kkung@ucsd.edu (UC Scholars) or Dr. Sophia Tsai at stsai@ucsd.edu (Genentech Scholars).

Award
Stipend: $3000 (UC Scholars) or $3500 (Genentech), plus housing support, GRE prep, workshops, seminars
Scopes
Summer Research Program
Deadline
02/01/2023
Supplemental Questions
  1. UC Scholars and Genentech 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 and Genentech 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. Applicants who have transferred to UC San Diego this year sometimes obtain a letter from a professor at their former institution.

    Because letter writers will only receive information about the letter of recommendation *after* you have saved your UC Scholars and Genentech 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 8th, 2023. Applications are still due February 1.
    • a. Recommender's name (first and last) and email address
    • b. Recommender's department
    • c. Recommender's institution/university (recommenders can be from previous institutions such as Community Colleges; if you have already done some research, we do prefer hearing from someone who supervised you during that research experience)
  2. 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)
  3. UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars - Program Interest

    Please indicate your interest in being considered for the UC Scholars Program and/or the Genentech Scholars Program.
  4. UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars - What is your current mentor status?

    • If you are selected for this program, do you know who your research mentor will be?
    • If you know who your faculty research mentor will be, or if you have some prospective research mentors in mind, please provide their name(s) and department(s) here:
  5. UC Scholars and Genentech Scholars – General Research Area

    • What general area(s) does your (likely) research project fall under? (this may or may not be the same as your major):
    • What is (are) your sub-field(s)?
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