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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?

1. What are you Passionate About?

The first step is figuring out a topic you'd like to explore. Maybe one of your professors is doing research you find fascinating. Or maybe something you read or heard about in one of your classes piqued your interests. Once you know the general topic you want to explore, you can look for a research group or faculty mentor exploring related topics at UC San Diego. lf you want to get into research but don't have a topic you can start by asking yourself what you are passionate about.

Find Your Research Topic

2. Find a Mentor

In order to help guide your research project you will need to find a mentor.

Find a Mentor

3. Research

Now that you have found a research topic and mentor, you can dive into researching your topic. AEP can help you throughout your time at UC San Diego by providing research stipends, college credit and opportunities to present at conferences.

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The Research Guide

Anahi Ibarra is a UCSD Alumna that created a research flip book guide for her TRELS Spring 2020 research project, specifically for first generation college students. She hopes the guide can help all students interested in research and provide resources on how to get involved on campus.

Check out the Guide!

Undergraduate Virtual Resources

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

Find Resources

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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