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What is the Qualcomm Institute?
The Qualcomm Institute is the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), which also has a division at UC Irvine. Named in 2013 for nearly $26 million in philanthropic gifts from Qualcomm, Inc., and the Qualcomm Foundation from 2000-’13, the Qualcomm Institute is an organized research institute on the UC San Diego campus, where researchers from different disciplines come together to study and develop new technology, software, hardware and systems to address needs and issues in our economy and society.
The Qualcomm Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program provides UCSD undergrads with the opportunity to perform hands-on research under the guidance of a UCSD faculty advisor over a 10-week period during the summer. The student can either assist in an ongoing research project or propose a new project. Summer Scholars must attend weekly seminars to learn more about applying to and preparing for graduate school, funding opportunities for research, communication skills, connecting with currect UCSD grad students, career opportunities in academia and industry, and how to make a strong scientific presentation. All Summer Scholars must display the results of their research at a poster session at the end of the program, at which point a Certificate of Merit will be awarded.
All tours, seminars etc. will be highlighted on the Summer Scholars Calendar as soon as dates and locations have been finalized. Click here for the 2014 calendar.
Research Proposal Requirements
A selection committee composed of several UCSD faculty members will review the applications. The committee makes their selections based on the following criteria:
1. Meet all the eligibility requirements
2. Recommendation letter from UCSD faculty advisor
3. Quality of research proposal
4. How well the proposed research aligns with the institute’s strategic vision and mission statement.