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UC San Diego’s Research Scholars programs provide high schoolers unique science research learning experiences before college.

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The Research Scholars programs at UC San Diego 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, Business Research, and Sports Medicine to Life and Marine Sciences, explore a topic and apply today!

In-person, online, and residential courses available. Visit our website to see which programs are enrolling now.

Business Research

Business Research for Innovation and Growth prepares students for careers and advanced education in business, entrepreneurship, and management with a solid grounding in fundamentals. While learning about topics of business, innovation, venture financing, and growth strategy, students will gain the analytical and leadership skills necessary to build an innovative business proposal and become an opportunistic leader.


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.

Life Science

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

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

The Sports Medicine Summer Academy is an interactive, intensive summer course designed for incoming 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in musculoskeletal medicine. Students will be become familiar with the focus, concepts, content and activities of the area of clinical medicine called Sports Medicine by actively participating in lectures from nationally acclaimed faculty, exploring current research in sports medicine, and taking assessments of their own wellness and fitness through the use of wearable technology.


Scholarships Available!

The Inamori Scholarship is dedicated to supporting the foundation's belief that people have no higher calling than to strive for the greater good of humankind and society by finding a balance between scientific development and the enrichment of the human spirit. Application required.

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