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Eureka! Scholarship Program

Eureka! Scholars is a highly competitive summer research training program for some of our most promising undergraduates. Each year, we select outstanding students to participate as Eureka! Scholars during the summer months in leading life sciences labs. Under the guidance of a mentor, Eureka! Scholars conduct leading-edge research which greatly expands and integrates their academic learning and jumpstarts their role as young scientists in the discovery of new knowledge.

The Eureka! Scholarship program promotes engagement in basic and translational biology by facilitating students' participation in research opportunities on and off the UC San Diego campus. The Eureka! Scholarship is a one-year award up to $5,000.

Who Can Apply?

Students who have a declared major in the Division of Biological Sciences, and will return as a registered student at a minimum for the Fall Quarter. The project must be completed while the applicant is a UC San Diego undergraduate. Applicants must be citizens, permanent residents, or eligible under AB540 "California Dream Act".

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on the quality of the research proposal (innovation, approach and research environment), the strength of the support letter, the quality and persuasiveness of the personal statement and the their academic performance (GPA and science course grades).


The student's application must include a research proposal, a support letter from the research mentor (faculty), a personal statement and a transcript.

Deadline for the next award cycle is February 15th, 2022.

Click here to apply to the Eureka! Scholar program (AcademicWorks)
Questions? Contact Sophia Tsai, Research Scholarships Coordinator at Undergraduate Research Hub (URH) or by phone at 858-534-9014.