Research Training Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Several scholarships are available for undergraduate students who conduct research projects beyond their normal courses of study. Follow this link for information on individual scholarships.

UCSD Undergraduate Research Portal

The undergraduate research portal offers features to connect students with research opportunities on and off campus. Students can use the portal to post a research profile and browse available opportunities.

Paid Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Please click on the links below for more information about UC San Diego and off-campus training opportunities especially for undergraduate students.

Project Title Project Description Stipend Contact/Email/Phone
UC San Diego Amgen Scholars Program



A 10-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the Amgen Foundation.







A $3,600 stipend for the ten-week program; on campus housing & board allowance; $500 travel allowance Tonya Jarrett
J. Craig Venter Institute Internship Program The Internship Program provides opportunities to inspire young scientists and other science professionals to work in all areas of the Institute. Interns are assigned to a mentor who is a member of the Institute's faculty or senior staff. Hourly pay based on education level. See site for details Contact the Institute
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Student Internships La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology is pleased to offer a limited number of unpaid internships to undergraduate college students. Unpaid Jessica Colby
UC San Diego Health Sciences Student Apprenticeship Program The UC San Diego Health Sciences Student Apprenticeship Program offers internships to UC San Diego undergraduates preferably with upper division standing (more than 90 units completed). The program allows undergraduate students to explore career options, gain practical experience, make professional contacts and apply classroom learning to work settings. Varies Contact the AIP or your major department
UC San Diego Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) offers invaluable research experience to all junior or seniors with a Grade Point Average of 2.7 or higher who have the desire to prepare for graduate or professional school. Course credit Karen Van Ness
(858) 534-5791
California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program at UC San Diego provides support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented students who are seeking bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Free on-campus housing and a $3,300 fellowship. Jacqueline Azize-Brewer
UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (LEADS) The University of California's Leadership Excellence through Advanced DegreeS (UC LEADS) program prepares promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM). Once chosen as UC LEADS scholars, the students embark upon a two-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual Faculty Mentors. minimum summer stipend of $3,000 and housing or housing compensation for two summers + travel support  Chris Murphy
(858) 822-1492
UCSD Bioengineering Volunteer Program The Department of Bioengineering provides non-paid employment opportunities for interested volunteers to work in our laboratories and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Unpaid
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is an eight-week program for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in the Biomedical Sciences. $3,200 stipend for eight weeks, free room (not board), and $500 travel allowance for summer Mary Alice Kiisel
(858) 534-0689
UCSD Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) The goal of the IMSD program is to motivate, mentor, and facilitate the transition of students from disadvantaged economic and social backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities, from college education to Ph.D. programs in the sciences. $10 per hour

Melvin Jimenez,

UCSD Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) An eight-week summer research academy for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and Master's students. STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UC San Diego research project and experiencing the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top-rated institution. Varies. See site for details

Veronica Henson-Phillips

UCSD Program in Medical Education - Health Equity (PRIME-HEq) PRIME-Heq students are given specialized training focused on providing the knowledge and skills to better care for people from traditionally underserved groups. PRIME-HEq students will graduate from this five-year program with a medical degree and a master's degree. PRIME-HEq is open to all applicants to the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Katherine Arias Garcia
(858) 534-8546