The Gordon Center will select promising students to become Graduate Gordon Scholars based, in particular, on demonstrated engineering leadership. To demonstrate such leadership, students can show participation in the Undergraduate Gordon Scholars program, or point to successfully executed engineering projects within industry, academia, or equivalent (including leadership in student organizations). Students' engineering leadership qualities have to be documented and highlighted by their project/internship mentors/supervisors, and this documentation must be part of each student's application package.

The Gordon Scholars program is a one year program that requires time commitment in order to engage in the required Gordon Scholar meetings, courses, trainings, workshops, the Think Tank, and complete a challenge project.

All applicants to the Gordon Scholars program are required to apply online. Apply Now »

Please see application checklist and program at a glance below.

Who Can Apply

  • Graduate Students
  • Engineering Major Admissions Required
  • Students with Demonstrated Engineering Leadership

Gordon Scholar Application Deadline

Application Now Closed

Acceptance Decisions will be made before the end of Spring Quarter

Application Checklist

  • Cover Letter focusing on your perspective on engineering leadership.
  • C.V. with a list of publications (Graduate Students)
  • Resume (Undergraduate Students)
  • Two letters of recommendation that highlight your academic progress and engineering leadership potential
    • Letters of recommendation can be from a staff or faculty member.
    • For Ph.D. applicants one recommendation letter must be from your advisor.
    • For Masters applicants one recommendation letter must be from a faculty.
  • Video or in-person interview (to be arranged)

The selection process will include review of the submitted applications by the Gordon Center Advisory Board, a video interview, and a subsequent suggestion by the Advisory Board to the Gordon Center Director, who will make the final admissions decisions.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. Be a UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering student
  2. Apply to the Gordon Scholar Program
  3. Complete your Gordon Scholar Interview

Any additional general questions about the program or questions regarding your application submission email us at:

Leadership Program Requirements

Leadership programs are spread out through the fall, winter, and spring quarters

Engineering Leadership Courses

Course focuses on engineering leadership foundations and applications, project management and product development. Theory into practice.

Requirements: ENG 100B


LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Application Practice) are hands-on activity sessions where leadership is put into practice.

Requirements: 8 - 10 Sessions (2 hours each)

Challenge Project

Technical Project in which you take a leadership role providing value to an academic or private sponsor.

Requirements: Hours Vary – Must complete by week 10 of spring quarter

Seminars/ Forums

Seminars focus on a particular topic and include a keynote presentation from an engineer leader. Forums highlight the individual journey of driven engineers who have emerged as technical leaders.

Requirements: 2 Per Year


Collaborative and tailored hands-on leadership training events that focus on a particular topic.

Requirements: 2 Per Year

Think Tanks

Panel discussions, networking, tutorials, innovation presentations, and workshops.

Requirements: Optional for Undergraduates