Engineers for Exploration

2014 Program Dates: June 20 - August 29


Application Deadline 11:59PM, March 14

NOTE: Applications will be evaluated and offers will be made on a rolling basis. Applications received by February 15 will be given full consideration. We will continue to accept applications after that date until the positions are filled.

General Description

The Engineers for Exploration program engages undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines in cyber-physical systems research motivated by real world challenges in exploration and scientific discovery. The program’s aim is to give a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for motivated students by providing an intimate mentored lab environment at UC San Diego, and a structured collaboration with scientists, explorers, and engineers at our partner organizations. These include the National Geographic Society, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, San Diego Zoo Global, NOAA, and the California Wolf Center. The program provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to develop technology that will be deployed across the world; the projects involve scientific research that literally spans across every continent and into the far corners of the globe.


  • Involve students in intellectually stimulating, multidisciplinary projects
  • Provide real-world projects with mentorship from explorers and scientists
  • Work with a diverse population of top quality students including upper and lower division students from a variety of backgrounds and GPA’s.
  • Develop mentorship, leadership and teamwork skills amongst the post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and REU participants.
  • Get paid to live in San Diego for 10 weeks! The stipend is $500 per week.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Enthusiasm and passion for hands-on projects and real-world research
  • Majoring in Engineering or Computer Science

Application Information

  • Major components of the online application include:
  • One letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Intent
  • Academic Preparation

Application Deadline March 15, 2014

The deadline has now passed. If you already created an application, you can check the status using the button below.

Application Status

Please check back in January for Summer 2015 Information