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Undergraduate Research at UCSD

The Undergraduate Research unit at UCSD empowers undergraduates of any academic major seeking to become integrated in the UC San Diego research community with the skills to be successful in a post-baccalaureate career. The office and team are student-centered and value equity, experiential learning, innovation, and community. Students are also able to apply to more than one undergraduate research program program during their time at UCSD.

AEP answers the question,"What is Undergraduate Research?"

For more information, review the drop down list below and Undergraduate Research website.

Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research has a multitude of programs throughout the academic year, summer, and for all academic levels and majors - including Political Science!

Academic Year Programs - Faculty Mentor Program, the McNair Program, and Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) Program

Summer Programs - Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) Summer Research Program, the McNair Program. The Converge Incubator, UC Scholars & Genentech, Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Conferences - Conference for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH),  Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Symposium, Summer Research Conference, Undergraduate Research Conference, as well as local, regional and national Conferences

Scholarships - The UC San Diego National Competitive Scholarship Office holds student meetings three times a year to review available scholarships and help students become more competitive.

Connection with Study Abroad - Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) Study Abroad

ABA Approved Paralegal Program - The UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies paralegal program combines practical skills with legal theory and analysis. Provides students with valuable experience in the delivery of legal services and allow students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through the paralegal program to real-world legal issues.

Amnesty International USA - National human rights conference that works to tackle the most pressing human rights violations. 

Our Time to Act United (OTTA United) - Organizes youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. Aims to address San Diego's housing crisis and organize students to give public comment at City Hall in support of Sustainable Development Areas.

Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit - Application to be delegates at the 13th annual conference in North Carolina on March 24-26, 2023. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Unwrapping Uncertainties: U.S.-China Relations in A Less Flat World”. We will invite experts in the business, education, politics, news, environmental sciences and international relations arenas to speak on various recent US-China related topics. It is an amazing opportunity for students who want to learn more about US-China relations. The application deadline is February 24 at 11:59 PM ET.