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Academic Year Programs

AEP offers UC San Diego undergraduates the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic or professional preparation in virtually any academic major including science, math, engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Explore these program sites to learn more about student research and grad-school prep opportunities that are active during the academic year:

  • CAMP


    The California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering and Mathematics is a UC-wide program that provides support and a summer research program for ethnically underrepresented students majoring in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
  • Faculty Mentor Program

    Faculty Mentor Program

    The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) allows juniors and seniors to work as a research assistant to a UC San Diego faculty member for at least 10 hours per week during winter and spring quarters; participate in a research project; receive 4 units of independent study credit each quarter; and present their research at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium at the end of the academic year.
  • The McNair Program

    The McNair Program

    The McNair Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide low-income, first generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education, with doctoral study preparation.


    Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) are awarded $1,000 for work on their project in the quarter in which they are awarded (fall, winter or spring). You'll use the funds for research, guided artistic or creative projects, or public service opportunities, under the guidance of a UC San Diego faculty member. See also the separate TRELS Summer Research Program and the TRELS Study Abroad award.