Greetings from the Office of Undergraduate Research!
Welcome to a new semester at the University of San Diego.
We would like to congratulate all of our summer research scholars and their mentors! Kudos to a productive summer, and we look forward to learning about your research findings at the Creative Collaborations Undergraduate Research Conference in the Spring.
If you would like to participate in summer research through one of our programs next year, our applications will be available January 2018.
If you are a returning research scholar, please consider nominating your summer research mentor for the
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.
We look forward to another productive term!
Stop By to Meet the OUR Staff!
Elisa Maldonado, Ph.D.
Hi everyone! I'm excited to be the new Director of OUR. I have devoted my career to helping students get involved in undergraduate research to prepare them for their future careers. Most recently, I was the Director for the Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) at UC San Diego. As a first-generation Mexican-American college student, undergraduate research programs helped me navigate college and successfully apply to graduate schools. I earned my Bachelor's in Marine Biology from UCLA and Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, followed by a postdoc at Harvard. I have won several prestigious graduate research and postdoctoral fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Dissertation and NSF Graduate Research and Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships. Feel free to stop by my office! I would love to help you get involved in undergraduate research, apply for fellowships and other opportunities, and prepare for your future career!
Hello All! I have been the Administrative Assistant to the Office of Undergraduate Research for almost two years now, time really flies! I am currently a Junior here at the University of San Diego, majoring in Psychology and looking forward to Graduate school in the future. I am
a first generation Mexican American and college student. I am very passionate about cultural diversity, education, and community involvement. If you would ever like to discuss research or events on campus, our door is always open!
(619) 260-7840 Hello all! My name is Rachelle Martinez, and I have been the administrative assistant at OUR since March 2017. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and my master's in higher education from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). I am always happy to discuss current events, anything regarding higher education, where to find delicious food, and of course, opportunities at USD for undergraduate research. Welcome Toreros!
Off- Campus Research Conferences
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Phoenix, AZ -
November 1-4, 2017
Sept. 8: Abstract Submission Site Closes (DEADLINE TODAY!!)
"Many students spent their summer taking a class, doing an internship, studying and traveling abroad or returned to their home state or country to be with family and friends. There were also several USD students who spent their time this summer gaining important experience as USD Summer Research Scholars. "
The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (OURMA) recognizes research mentors that bring respect and excellence to the practice of mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarly activities. These individuals have a longstanding commitment to the development of research scholars.
Office of Undergraduate Research is currently accepting travel award applications for single or group travel awards. AS a reminder, the Travel Awards are on a first come first serve basis. For more information, click
Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm ET September 1, 2017, for meetings held between September 15, 2017, through February 15, 2018, or by 5:00 pm ET January 12, 2018, for meetings held between February 16 through June 30, 2018.