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What is Undergrad Research?

re·search /ˈrēˌsərCH,rəˈsərCH/ the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

AEP offers ALL undergraduate students opportunities, regardless of your field of study, major, class year, and citizenship status.  These research opportunities typically involve working as a research assistant under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Why Should I do Research

Get Paid

AEP offers students conducting faculty mentored research stipends or college credit during the academic year and summer.

Get Experience

Research gives students hands-on experience in something they are passionate about. This is valuable because it could help you decide whether to go to grad school or get job opportunities after college.

Be a Part of a Community

Being part of an AEP program, connecting with a faculty mentor or working in a lab will make sure you a part of a world class research Community at UC San Diego.

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1. Get Involved with AEP

Step 2. Picking a Topic

Step 3. Find a Mentor

Step 4. Apply to a Research Program

Undergraduate Virtual Resources

Need help defining your research and finding examples? Check out a list of resources we think might be useful to you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a first year, can I get involved in research?

Yes! Research is for all students in all majors and fields.


I'm an international student, can I do research and participate in AEP programs?

Yes, you can do research and participate in AEP programs like (TRELS, UC Scholars and the Faculty Mentor Program)

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