Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) - Quarterly

NOTE: Before beginning your application, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page ( for more information about how to best prepare a successful application.

ELIGIBILITY: All current UC San Diego undergraduates pursuing any major are eligible to apply. A GPA of at least 2.5 is required in order to participate. This program is intended to expose students to experiential learning, including, but not limited to research, artistic or creative projects, and public service opportunities, under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member. There is a particular emphasis on serving students who may face obstacles in pursuing such opportunities.

The specific program objectives are:

• Introduce students to what experiential learning looks like in their field, and promote an understanding that experiential learning encompasses more than just research.
• Provide students with an understanding of the collaborative processes involved in research, creative work production, and other experiential learning practices.
• Increase participation in experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students.

During the award period, you may not participate in the following—

  • departmental 199 (independent research) or other class credit for the project (e.g. honors thesis)
  • payment for the same work being proposed for TRELS
  • participation in another structured research program

The Undergraduate Colleges at UC San Diego pledge at least one TRELS award per cycle per college for student projects engaged in experiential learning related to the Black Experience (TRELS-BE). Although it is not a requirement, we encourage TRELS-BE projects that are consistent with the mission or theme of the student’s Undergraduate College. Applications not selected for a TRELS-BE award will automatically be considered for a general TRELS scholarship.

For students proposing either a TRELS Black Experience (TRELS-BE) or TRELS Duo Project, please pay close attention to questions 14 & 15 on the TRELS application, and be sure to complete these sections correctly.

$1,000 scholarship
Academic Year
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 - Deliverable

    TRELS requires students to submit a summary of their project (a paper, poster presentation, oral presentation, or creative product) by the end of the academic year during which they receive their scholarship. What will the outcome of your project be, and how will you submit it by the deadline? Please keep in mind: the deadline to submit project deliverables for TRELS quarterly awards received during the current 2022-2023 academic year is the end of the Spring 2023 quarter.

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