Research Mentorship Program


Program Dates: June 17 – August 2, 2024
Students must attend the program in its entirety, including the virtual component.

Application Window: Check back in fall for application details.

View the 2023 Pre-College brochure.


The Research Mentorship Program is a competitive summer program that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Students will be paired up with a mentor (graduate student, postdoc, or faculty) and choose a research project from a large list of disciplines offered by the program each year.

In addition to forging a deep relationship with their mentor, students will learn about research techniques, gain insight into professional research-based opportunities, and mature their academic goals. The lecture series - GRIT talks - will connect students to some of the best minds among the UC Santa Barbara research community as they present on their ground-breaking research and innovative technology. Along with these academic benefits, students will be immersed in university life and network with equally ambitious and curious peers.

ATTENTION: Pre-college students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19!

Students participating in any in-person courses or programs at UC Santa Barbara during Summer Sessions will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on university property. This is in accordance with the University of California’s policy for immunization requirements. For more information on the policy, and to upload proof of vaccination, visit Student Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information Page.