A key component of the Division of Physical Sciences’ newly launched Student Success Center, the Undergraduate Summer Research Award provides funding for UC San Diego undergraduates majoring in the physical sciences (chemistry and biochemistry, mathematics, physics) to conduct a summer research project under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member while gaining firsthand experience in the lab. The program immerses students full time, in a research topic for 10 weeks, and culminates with a public poster presentation of their work. Students are awarded a $7,500 stipend in support of their time and efforts conducting their project. This experiential learning opportunity enables undergraduates, particularly women, military veterans and students from underrepresented groups, to engage in leading-edge research shaping our world.
“It excites me that I am working towards discovering something that has not been studied before. If it is done right, it will help many others who conduct research in related fields. I have always been fascinated by the way the universe operates and being able to contribute to the process of uncovering new physical phenomena is a wish granted."
- Aashay Arora ’21, 2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Award recipient
To celebrate UC San Diego and the Division of Physical Sciences’ 60th anniversary this year, we’re asking for your support to provide two more ambitious students with the summer research experience of a lifetime. This summer, we had 42 students participate in the program and we hope that with your help someday that number will reach 60, in honor of our founding year 1960. Our 2020 award recipients are truly inspiring, pursuing their passion for their research topics despite the difficulties that arose due to the pandemic. Take a look here at what our amazing scholars can achieve with your support.
Your gift will grow and foster a culture of academic excellence while preparing a diverse workforce of future leaders in the physical sciences and community. With your help, the Division of Physical Sciences will continue to make significant strides toward its mission to provide students with opportunities for training experience beyond the classroom and professional development beyond a degree. Please make a gift to the Physical Sciences Undergraduate Summer Research Award today.