Applying to ERSP

Looking for Summer Research? Go to the ERSP Summer Research Page. Applications are now open. Applications for the 2023-2024 Academic Year Cohort will open in March 2023.


Applications for students for the 2022-2023 Cohort are closed. Applicants have been notified! Applications for the 2023-2024 Cohort will open in March 2023.

Before you click on the application link at the bottom of this page (when applications are open), we recommend that you read the questions below, prepare your responses in a separate file, and then copy and paste them into the application. Also be sure to check the eligibility requirements to know if you are eligible to apply.

    1. What do you hope to get out of participating in the CSE Early Research Scholars Program?

    2. One goal of this program is to broaden access to university research to students who have historically faced barriers—financial commitments, lack of role models/community/knowledge of graduate study, first-generation, etc. Please describe how your participating in this program would be helpful to you in overcoming such barriers.

    3. Another goal of ERSP is to promote and support a diverse CSE community along many dimensions including (but not necessarily limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and first-in-family to attend university. Part of building this community involves creating a space where students from minoritized groups feel included. Explain your understanding of how being from a minoritized group affects a person's experience in CSE and how you came about this understanding.

Additionally, ERSP targets students who are in majors in the CSE department, have not taken any upper division CSE courses and are in their first year at UCSD or an incoming transfer student at the time of application. We do make exceptions on an individual basis, so if you do not meet the above criteria you must also include in your application a short essay (again 1 or 2 paragraphs) describing why you feel that an exception should be made in your case. For more information, refer to the eligibility requirements page.

Before you apply, you might also want to check out the FAQ page.