The Office of Graduate Studies offers the Competitive EDGE summer research program as a transition program for selected incoming graduate students. The program is designed to give selected graduate students an opportunity to begin research in their UC San Diego academic department the summer prior to the start of their graduate program. The program is motivated by the campus's commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students.
To be considered for the Competitive Edge program, applicants must respond to the two fellowship questions contained in the online application. Departments will nominate incoming graduate students based on their responses to these two questions. Competitive Edge Fellowships will be awarded based on applicants' eligibility: 1) having overcome social, educational or economic barriers and/or demonstrating a commitment to diversity or increasing educational access for underrepresented students, 2) merit (based on academic preparation and potential), 3) availability to participate in the eight week research experience prior to the start of fall quarter. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.
The award consists of the following:
In addition to the research experience, participants are required to attend workshops to acclimate them to the university environment. Workshop facilitators are members of the UC San Diego community and serve as faculty, staff or continuing graduate students in various academic fields. In addition to the workshops, participants are expected to attend an orientation and a luncheon at the conclusion of the program. Sample workshop topics include:
Each Competitive Edge student is expected to work with a summer faculty mentor from their respective departments. The faculty mentor will provide guidance on a research project, new or existing. The project does not have to be completed during the 8-week program, which allows the scope of the project to span the entirety of the summer quarter, through the Fall quarter, or beyond. At minimum, meetings between Competitive Edge Fellows and their respective mentors should occur every other week. Ultimately, this depends on the nature of the project, the amount of oversight each student requires, and the level of mentorship the faculty member is able to provide. In addition to research, the faculty mentor can provided an introduction and guidance to the department, as well as any tips on how to make the most of the summer, first quarter, and first year of their graduate experience.
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Monday, July 1 - Friday, August 30, 2013