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Thursday, December 3, 2020 to Saturday, April 3, 2021

Students participating in the Research Mentorship Program will learn to describe their research findings in professional style technical papers, present the research at a formal university symposium, and earn university credits which will become part of their permanent record at UC Santa Barbara.

Research Project Selection

Our program is unique because it allows students to choose a set of projects from a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics. Students will be paired up with a research mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) to conduct hands-on, university-level research for six-weeks.

Research topics may change each summer depending on the available mentors, however the focus is always on recent research developments that demonstrate the use of university-level methods of investigation in departments across campus. Please feel free to inquire about any discipline that interests you. Research areas include, but are not limited to:


Earth Science





Global Studies








Marine Biology


Chicana/o Studies




Computer Science

Environmental Policy

Media, Arts & Tech



Research Mentorship Program Courses

Students earn a total of 8 university credits by enrolling in two interdisciplinary research courses

Exploratory Course - Presentation Techniques
Students engage in hands-on research with a research mentor of their choice during six intensive weeks. Depending on the nature of the project, research hours may range from 30 to 40 hours a week, occasionally working into the night when necessary. Library and fieldwork are parts of this experience. The course focuses on oral presentation methods, poster presentation structure, elevator pitch techniques. Students will be exposed to a variety of research projects focusing on inter discipline by way of evening lectures given by UCSB researchers or individuals who are seminal leaders in their fields.

Lecture Course - Introduction to Research
Students attend lectures to receive an introduction to university level interdisciplinary research writing techniques for students working in research projects this summer. Students will learn to construct an abstract, introduction, research goals and methods, discussion and results, and reference style techniques. Students experience hands-on guided research in the field, laboratories and/or libraries for all disciplines. This diversity exposes mature high school students to the nature of research across multiple disciplines in a form that highlights similarities and differences.

Competitions and Further Research

Students may use the research they conducted in our program in competitions, college applications, and other related activities with the permission from the mentor, Principal Investigator of the project, and the Director of the Pre-College Programs. Failure to receive proper permission is subject to legal action. We encourage our students to continue their summer research throughout the school year remotely with the guidance and consent of their mentor and the director of the program.
For more information or to download the research consent form, please visit RMP Alumni Resources.

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