Participants work side by side with CAICE research teams and complete a research project during this exciting paid summer opportunity.

Summer Undergraduate Research

CAICE operates a summer research program for undergraduate students during each summer, with participants at multiple universities associated with the Center. Applications for Summer 2022 are open now and will close February 28th 2022. 

Benefits and Details

  • Mentoring from top CAICE faculty, postdocs & graduate students in the CAICE network
  • Conduct exciting hands-on scientific research in a large scale collaborative research experiment 
  • 10 week program at UC San Diego starting June 2022
  • Preparation for graduate school, attend field trips & symposiums
  • Presentation of your research results to other students and faculty at the conclusion of the program
  • Receive a minimum stipend of $5000
  • Reimbursement for out of town travel costs (up to $500)
  • Housing at UC San Diego for full program duration 

Who Should Apply?

  • Application open to undergraduates with an interest in chemistry who would like to participate in cutting edge CAICE research
  • Women, students from underrepresented groups, and military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Priority will be given to current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates
  • Students from community colleges are encouraged to apply 
  • Open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only


Application Instructions

  1. Please review the links to the CAICE faculty advisers and their labs below and choose your 1st and 2nd lab choices
  2. Fill out the application below or click here for the link.
    This will include a personal statement, statement of interest, and contact information for a recommendation letter
  3. After you submit your application, an email will be sent to your selected reference/recommendation writer asking them to fill out a form on your behalf. Please follow up with them to make sure they do so
  4. After your letter writer completes their form, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know and also confirming that your application is complete!

Important Notes

  • The deadline to submit your Application Form and the Recommendation Form is February 28, 2022, otherwise your application will be considered incomplete
  • Accepted participants will be notified in March 2022

CAICE Labs Available for Summer 2022


If you have any questions, please contact Jeanette McConnell, the Education, Outreach & Diversity Coordinator


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