Office of Undergraduate Research

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On-Campus Programs

The University of San Diego believes that all undergraduates can and should participate in research, scholarly work, and/or creative activities. Accordingly, the university provides many programs that offer these types of experiences:

Students in the USD Honors Program are offered the opportunity to engage in research, scholarly, and creative work while working on their honors thesis. Students may become honors students during their freshman year if they meet certain academic criteria.

USD students who are first-generation college students, income-eligible, and/or are from underrepresented segments of society in graduate education may conduct an independent research project by becoming a McNair Scholar. McNair Scholars receive a number of other educational benefits, including faculty mentoring, summer internships, a research stipend, research supplies, seminars, and other educational activities designed to prepare students for doctoral study.

The Office of Undergraduate Research also offers research and scholarly experiences to undergraduate students. The SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Program is open to all continuing undergraduate students. A SURE award allows a student to undertake a 10 week independent research or scholarly project under supervision of a USD faculty mentor.

The University of San Diego and the Office of Undergraduate Research are proud to announce that we received a three-year Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholars Program Award starting in summer 2014. The Beckman award will allow five USD students to receive a generous Scholar award to conduct independent research for summer year one, intervening academic year and summer year two. Two Beckman Scholars will be selected in 2014, two new scholars will be selected in 2015 and a final scholar will be selected in 2016.

PURE (Pre-Undergraduate Research Experience) is a special summer research program at the University of San Diego that is designed to give entering students the opportunity to get involved in a research project the summer before their freshman year. PURE students come from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the sciences, math and computer science.

The Alice B. Hayes Science Scholarships/Fellowships June 2003 marked the grand opening of the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, and the retirement of Dr. Alice B. Hayes, President of the University of San Diego. As part of the opening of the Shiley Center, a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Hayes was established in support of students who display merit and majoring in Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Marine Science, Environmental Studies, or Physics.