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Eureka! Scholarship Program

Experiences from Past Eureka! Scholars

  • Allison Quach

    Allison Quach, 2011

    "This scholarship has given me the opportunity for an invaluable learning experience within the lab of Dr. Nigel Calcutt that I would not otherwise received. I am a firm believer in the benefits of the direct application of theory to the lab bench and this scholarship has given me the chance to do exactly that. Instead of committing myself to a part-time job, I am now able to dedicate the majority of my time to a research project that is aimed at developing new treatments for diabetic nerve damage (neuropathy). There is currently no treatment for diabetic neuropathy and hopefully, if my project goes well we may soon be able to rapidly translate our findings towards clinical trials and then facilitate its use by people living with diabetes."
  • Elizabeth Seckel

    Elizabeth Seckel, 2011

    "When the Clinton Global Initiative – University Conference came to UCSD last April, I asked myself what I could do to help others. I committed to providing mirror box therapy to 200 amputees in Haiti. This project would not have been possible without the Eureka! Scholarship. The scholarship has allowed me to purchase plane tickets to Haiti for myself and four other undergraduate students... as well as the supplies for the mirror boxes. With the rest of the funding, I will employ two Haitians in Port au Prince to continue to build the mirror boxes after we have left and supply them to local health care practitioners. I want to not only provide therapy for individuals with phantom limb pain - I want to leave behind a wake of healing and rehabilitation for this generation of amputees."
  • Aaron Louie

    Aaron Louie, 2012

    "The Eureka! Scholarship has given me more assurance that research matters, and more importantly, that one must seek and fight for whatever little funding is available in order to see that one’s curiosity is answered. The Eureka! experience gave me the confidence that I do have what it takes to conduct an independent research project—if not several—and take it to wherever the curiosity (and funding) leads."
  • Michael Tien

    Michael Tien, 2011

    "Receiving a Eureka! summer scholarship was personally significant for me because it was the first time I had ever been recognized for my work in a lab. It was an exciting achievement for me because I was able to see my extensive reading and self-written proposal rewarded after a year of hard work in the Kay Lab. In the future, I plan on attending medical school... My passion is not only for investigating and exploring how science works, but also for applying my knowledge in a way to improve others’ lives. "
  • Allen Ninh

    Allen Ninh, 2011

    "Receiving the Eureka summer scholarship meant I was able to steer my focus towards my research without having to worry about my financial status over the summer. The funding helped pay for materials and services I used to produce recombinant DNA constructs."

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 15, 2021.

More information on becoming a Eureka! Scholar (AcademicWorks)
Questions? Contact Sophia Tsai, Research Coordinator at Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) or by phone at 858-534-9014.