The Research Scholars programs, offered through UC San Diego Extension, provide students with unparalleled educational opportunities that leverage the intellectual capital of an internationally ranked research university. Students assume the role of researcher, becoming fully immersed in projects that have real-world applications.
Dive into unique science research learning experiences that teach highly sought-after skills that can make students more competitive candidates for college admissions and internship opportunities. From Bioengineering and Life Sciences to Marine Science, explore a topic and apply today!
Young researchers can select from a variety of programs based on their interests ranging from Bioengineering and Life Sciences to Marine Science.
In partnership with the UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering, our programs provide the general science and engineering foundations of bioengineering. Working in their in-home lab, students conduct research and develop project proposals in collaboration with a UC San Diego academic lab.
Design Thinking is a proven way to identify and solve real-world problems and is one of the most sought-after mindsets and methods in today's civic and business worlds. This Bootcamp focuses on user research via the ethnographic methods of participant observation and the ethics of conducting research online and offline. Students will learn practical skills on how to ethically and effectively conduct online interviews and focus groups, design surveys and develop case studies.
Explore fundamental molecular biology topics, modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications. Learn to synthesize life science fundamentals, review literature, formulate hypotheses and design experiments, collect and process samples, execute experiments, analyze data, and showcase your work through poster presentations attended by local scientists and industry leaders.
Marine Science (NEW)
Gain foundational knowledge in ocean sciences, specifically marine biology and related disciplines. Explore the diversity of life and how biological, chemical and physical processes drive ecosystem dynamics in a marine environment. Investigate relevant, contemporary environmental issues and how to build a career in marine science.
School of Medicine
Designed with faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, students can explore two exciting fields of medicine. The Sports Medicine Summer Academy familiarizes students with the focus, concepts, content and activities of the area of clinical medicine called Sports Medicine. The Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy dives into oncofertility – an exciting new field in medicine that addresses the fertility needs and quality of life issues for young cancer patients.
Research Scholars workshops are held year-round. Check the website for current offerings.