Enrichment Programs (Non-Credit & Internships)

University Level Programs

Program Name Brief Description Contact
STARS (Summer Training Academy for Research Success) STARS offers student participants a rigorous research opportunity with UC San Diego faculty, informative transfer and graduate school preparation workshops, and educational, cultural, and social activities. The program is open to all research disciplines

Angeline V. Yang, Director
(858) 822-3536

START (Summer Transfer Ahead Research Training) Program START offers an introductory research experience at UC San Diego to incoming transfer students the summer prior to their first fall quarter. Underrepresented and/or 1st generation incoming transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Dr. Eduardo Macagno, Program Director
(858) 822-0385

Dr. Kirsten Kung, Program Coordinator
(858) 822-3750

SURF (Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship) This program seeks to increase the diversity of students succesfully prepared to pursue Earth and Ocean Sciences career pathways.

Josh Reeves
(858) 534-8157

Dr. Jane Teranes jteranes@ucsd.edu
(858) 822-2099

SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) hosted by UC San Diego MSTP (Medical Scientist Training Program) The Summer Undergraduate Resarch Fellowship (SURF) is designed for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in health-related sciences on a national basis. Mary Alice Kiisel
(800) 925-8704
CAMP (California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) in Science, Eng, & Math California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) provides support and advancement opportunities to students defined as underrepresented by the National Science Foundation, who are seeking bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Veronica Bejar
(858) 534-8254

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center's Summer Science Freshman Program The Science Enrichment Education Programs offer eight weeks of summer trainingto teach aspiring undergraduate scientists about cancer and how disparities can influence cancer outcomes. Dr. Georgia Robins Sadler summerscienceprogram@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center's Science Enrichment Education Program A program to prepare community college students who are matriculating to UC San Diego or San Diego State University for careers in cancer disparities research: basic, behavioral, or other science major. Dr. Georgia Robins Sadler summerscienceprogram@ucsd.edu
UC Leads This program has both summer and academic year component. It helps undergraduates who have potential for leadership as grad students/future leaders committed to address the educational and economical factors leading to underrepresentation of domestic minorities in STEM fields. Mayra Estrada
(858) 534-2770
SPIS (Summer Program for Incoming Students) SPIS is for students accepted into CSE majors; as well as for other UC San Diego admitted students who want to explore CSE as a career option (only a small number of these aplications are considered.) The program provides an excellent student experience with individual meetings with faculty, tutoring from experienced CSE undergraduate students, collaborations with fellow students, individual advising, and living on campus. Mohan Paturi
(858) 534-6658
Competitive Edge Fellowship Program Applicants for the fellowship must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or AB 540-qualified applicants only. Additionally, program participants get a guaranteed spot in graduate student housing through normative time to degree plus one year. Mayra Estrada
(858) 534-2770
Summer Program for Women in Philosophy SPWP welcomes applications from women who are US or Canadian citizens who are enrolled in a 4-year university. Women who are citizens of other countries are also eligible to apply, if they are currently enrolled in an accredited 4-year university within the US. Preference will be given to applicants who will have just finished their junior year. Those who have finished their sophomore year are also eligible, as are students who will have graduated by the time of the program but will not be attending graduate school the subsequent fall. Kathleen Connelly
TRIO SSS Summer Experience The program's goal is to create a home-base environment where supportive learning takes place, using a holistic approach focusing on a student’s academic, cultural and social experience at UC San Diego. Students receive academic support, develop supportive peer networks, participate in activities designed to enhance their success, and increase their awareness of graduate and professional programs. Berenice Jau
(858) 534-2801
Young Writers' Camp (YWC) Founded in 1977, the San diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) is one of the 16 sites of the California Writing Project and the nearly 200 sites of the National Writing Project dedicated to the improvement of writing for all students. The site maintains an exemplary 40-year reputation in the professional development of K-16 educators and seeks to examine a variety of approaches to the teaching of writing. (858) 534-2576
ENLANCE The ENLACE bi-national summer research program at UC San Diego aims to encourage the participation of high school students, college students, and researchers/teachers, in research in the sciences and engineering, while promoting cross-border friendships in the Baja California/San Diego region.

Olivia Graeve
(858) 246-0146

COSMOS This intensive experience is designed to encourage the "brightest, most promising young minds" to continue their interest in STEM. It provides students with an opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding university faculty/researchers, covering topics extending beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS at UC San Diego places a strong emphasis on technology and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. Charles Tu
Sally Ride Science Junior Academy The Academy offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students, in which they assume the roles of space explorers, ocean engineers, computer scientists, and more as they take part in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. The workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible. Classes are held at Mission Bay High School. srs@ucsd.edu 
(858) 534-0804
Academic Connections

The main advantages of attending UC San Diego Academic Connections are: college-level academic, residential and extracurricular activities;
exposure and access to state-of-the-art courses, technology, and facilities!
Earn college prep units and recognition for program participation on college admission applications!
Study with other like-minded academic students from all over the country and the world!
Students can even prepare for the SAT during this program.

(858) 534-0804
UC San Diego REHS (Research Experience for High School Students) The program is an opportunity for motivated highschool students to work with a UC San Diego mentor. Students may choose from a variety of individual project opportunities to learn more about apotential research or career interest through software instruction, assigned scholarly or practical readings anddiscussions with their mentor and his/her graduate student team members. An essential component of this program is the involvement of women, underrepresentedminorities, and people with disabilities in fields where these groups have traditionallybeen underrepresented. Efforts to include representatives from these groups arestrongly encouraged. Ange Mason
(858) 534-5064
Science & Innovation Summer Camp (Program is in SPANISH) Summer Camp is designed to underscore the importance of STEM. It hosts students from countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the U.S. Students receive classroom and field instruction from UC San Diego and regional college instructors. The camp will also help students shape and build their innovative skills to develop creative scientific projects. Maria Luisa Reyes
(858) 453-5560 Ext. 107
UC San Diego Biomedical Summer Camp Students get a taste of college-level curriculum in a low-stress environment, experience the beautiful campuses of some of the world’s best universities, and get a feel for dorm life during your first year of college.
They also get a jump on learning molecular biology, bioinformatics and molecular laboratory techniques. Most universities don’t teach these subjects until the junior or senior year of your undergraduate degree.
UC San Diego YPP (Young Physicists Program) The UC San Diego Young Physicists Program will bring middle school and high school students from across San Diego together with physics students and professors from UC San Diego on Saturday mornings each month. A typical morning can involve college-level lab activities, interactive demos, lots of interaction with under/graduate students and a presentation by a different guest professor each month touching on cutting-edge research and advanced concepts in physics, as well as reasons for choosing physics as a career and tips on how to make it happen. ucsd.ypp@gmail.com
Upward Bound Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Carri Fierro
(858) 822-3471

Upward Bound Math Science The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

Carri Fierro
(858) 822-3471

Youth Camps and Enrichment Programs

Visit the UC San Diego Youth Camps and Enrichment Program page to find out about summer and year-round UC San Diego camps and enrichment programs for children and teens.