LatinX Research Paths
Are you enrolled at the Jacobs School of Engineering?
Do you want to do research at UCSD but you have no experience? Join this program to navigate your path to research.
The Research Paths for Latinx Students serves new Jacobs School of Engineering students, while emphasizing the Latinx experience. The program gives priority to transfer students from community college (freshmen can also enroll upon availability) who have little to none research experience and would like to start navigating the route towards doing research as undergraduate students.
The greatest value of UC San Diego is its research activity, being a world top-class research university. Its faculty are world renowned research leaders across different disciplines. Research activities give students the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge that cannot be acquired in a classroom and that is driven by the student's own desire to discover new knowledge and technologies.
This program will go from Fall to Spring aiming to give information and skills that can help students to enroll into research activities. This program will be aside from main classes. The plan for Fall, Winter and Spring goes as follows:
Fall 2020: What is research? Duration: Six 1-hour (Saturday) sessions through the quarter.
Research activities at UCSD, The importance of Research for your professional career, Seminars from faculty and students, Research programs for students
All the sessions will be via ZOOM and will also be recorded so students can follow the sessions afterwards. Q&A Zoom sessions will also be held based on schedules agreed by Prof. Vazquez-Mena and the participant students.
Session 1: (Saturday Oct/10/2020, 10-11 am): Program Description. Overview of Research Activities at UCSD and Jacobs School of Engineering
Session 2: (Saturday Oct/17/2020, 10-11 am): What is Research? How research experience drives innovations and benefits to society? How research experience will help to shape your professional skills and boost your career?
Session 3: (Saturday Oct/24/2020, 10-11 am): Research opportunities at UCSD. Research Labs, UC Leads, Summer research programs, Research Expo, Research Centers
Session 4: (Saturday Oct/31/2020, 10-11 am): Students testimony: How to handle research and classes? How to get into a lab? What do you learn in labs that you do not learn in the class room?
Session 5: (Saturday Nov/21/2020, 10-11 am): Seminars from UCSD students doing research
Session 6: (Saturday Nov/28/2020, 10-11 am): Seminars from UCSD research faculty
Winter 2021: Getting the skills for the lab and research. Duration: 3h/week
Arduino and Python Introductions, Computer Simulations, Optical Spectroscopy, Structural Characterization, Electronic Measurements, Technical writing and scientific presentations
Spring 2021: Hunting research positions
Duration: 1h/week. Applying to REU, undergrad research opportunities, summer programs, UC LEADS, McNAIR program, CAMP