Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our faculty engage students in cutting-edge research, scholarly and creative projects. As a USD student, you will have tremendous opportunities to strengthen your education in collaboration with accessible faculty mentors on a range of research, scholarship and creative projects, many of them funded by USD and external research grants. Our students present their research results at local, national, and international conferences, and publish in scholarly journals. Research experience makes USD students more competitive for awards.

You will have many opportunities and resources to pursue your research and scholarly interests including:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) provides funds to USD undergraduates to conduct summer research with a USD faculty mentor.
  • Pre-Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) offers summer research opportunities to San Diego high school students who will begin classes at USD in the fall and who may be the first in their families to pursue a college education.

  • Honors Program offers a four-year interdisciplinary curriculum integrated with a student's major and engages the students in sustained independent work through original research projects as a focus of a senior independent study project.

  • Community Service-Learning offers course-based service-learning courses that incorporate community partnerships which can also include research and internship opportunities.
  • McNair Scholars are partnered with faculty mentors in their discipline, formulate a research plan, and receive stipends to support their research projects.
  • Hayes Scholarship/Fellowship provides funding to support research in the sciences.
  • Independent study allows students to conduct research on a topic of interest by enrolling in an independent study course. In addition, research can be conducted as part of an international study course.

  • Internships are opportunities to work directly in a career or research field. Career Services or your academic department can help you find the right internship.

Research in China

Research in China


Research Takes USD's Wolf to China

Through the support of my advisor, Dr. Yi Sun, I'm conducting an original research project this summer..Read more

Research Conference

Research Conference

  Research Conference:
A Celebration of Student-Faculty Works celebrates the intellectual life at USD and provides undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research and creative projects to the USD community.