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What is Undergrad Research?

AEP empowers undergraduates seeking to become integrated in the UC San Diego research community with the skills to be successful in a post-baccalaureate career. Research can happen not only in labs, but also in libraries, performance stages, art studios, community gardens, or anywhere else in the world where you pursue your intellectual curiosity.

How to Get Started

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AEP Remote Research Statement

"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

- Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston's definition of research--published in her 1942 autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road--invites us to recognize the various components of our intellectual projects.  As an anthropologist and novelist, Hurston's research process included ethnographic fieldwork throughout the Caribbean and the southern United States.  However, Hurston's research process also included: careful interpretation of the data she collected during this fieldwork; remote correspondence with collaborators and colleagues; extensive reading of existing publications in her fields of study; and writing and speaking about her research to various audiences across the world.


Hurston's definition of research empowers us to see the multiple opportunities for pursuing research during our current shift toward remote learning.  For example, during this time you might pursue your research by:

  • crafting a literature review
  • designing new protocols for laboratory experiments
  • analyzing existing data sets
  • searching digital archives
  • coding interview transcripts
  • writing proposals for future projects
  • and/or communicating your work-in-progress via virtual conferences and symposia
All of these endeavors represent the fullness of our "formalized curiosity," which guides the research process. Students can use this list of research endeavors to frame conversations with faculty mentors, Academic Enrichment Programs staff, peers, and other research collaborators, prompting further discussion about how we pursue research remotely.  We invite students to contact AEP staff using the appointment directory information listed below.


Make an Appointment with Our Staff 

All AEP Staff are available via Zoom, Email and Phone.

If you are an international student in a different time zone please let us know so we can find the right accomodations.


Hours (PST) Make an Appointment
David Artis
Dean of Undergraduate Research Advancement
Veronica Bejar
Assistant Director
Thomas K. Brown
McNair Program Coordinator
Monday (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Thursday (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Marie Sheneman
McNair Program Assistant
Claire Kim
FMP and URC Coordinator
Tuesday (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
Thursday (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Kirsten Kung
UC Scholars Coordinator
Monday  (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Thursday  (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Tyler Rogers
TRELS Coordinator
Wednesday (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Thursday (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Sophia Tsai
URS, NCS, NACME & Genentech Coordinator
Monday (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Tuesday (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Adana Martinez
Executive Assistant

Monday - Friday  (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)


Return to Learn

The Return to Learn Program is a voluntary student program that screens for active SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. If you choose to participate, you will be helping potentially reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks and making our UC San Diego community a healthier place.

Undergraduate Library Research Prize

The Undergraduate Library Research Prize is awarded to students who demonstrate a strategic and effective use of the UC San Diego Library as a resource in direct support of research undertaken on campus.

Research Challenge

The New York Academy of Sciences are inviting students 18 and over to design—either alone or with a team—a surveillance network to better understand the current pandemic and forecast future coronavirus outbreaks. There is a $5,000 grand prize for the winning team!

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Phone: (858) 534-1774
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Student Center Building B, 1st Floor
Mailing Address:
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La Jolla, CA 92093-0311