Applying to ERSP


Applications for the 2021-2022 Cohort are closed.

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.

To help you prepare your application, below we give the essay questions we will ask. We provide the following context to help you address the second and third questions below. One goal of ERSP is to promote and increase diversity in the CSE community. Preference goes to those whose participation in ERSP will help increase CSE participation for students with minoritized, under-represented status using a broad definition that includes (but is not necessarily limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and first-in-family to attend university. Note that if you are from a majority, well-represented group, you could still have an understanding of what it’s like to be from a minoritized, under-represented group.

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

    2. Explain how your membership of a minoritized group in CSE has affected your experience in CSE so far OR Explain your understanding of how being from a minoritized group affects a person’s experience in CSE and how you came about this understanding.

    3. How would your participation in the CSE ERSP program help increase the diversity of students in the CSE community?

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 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.