The IDEA Engineering Student Center is dedicated to increasing the application and acceptance rate of undergraduate and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups, including economically and socially disadvantaged students, in the Jacobs School of Engineering. We also work in partnership with our student groups in increasing K-14 student knowledge and awareness of engineering through various outreach programs and events that they organize throughout the year.

Enspire (TESC, February)

Enspire is designed to introduce approximately 400+ middle school students to university-level engineering, via lab tours and a variety of hands-on projects.

The San Diego Science and Engineering Festival (JGSC, March)

This event features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. The IDEA Student Center and the Jacobs School community (faculty & students) engage students in hands-on demos on Expo Day at Petco Park on the last Saturday of the Festival.

Engineering Overnight Program (IDEA Center, April)

The IDEA Student Center, in partnership with several campus organizations, coordinates the Overnight Program, which is part of the campus-wide effort to increase the yield rates of diverse, low-income and 1st generation students to UC San Diego. This free program provides high school seniors who have been admitted to UC San Diego an opportunity to experience the university environment and campus life at UC San Diego, network with fellow participants, faculty, and current college students, and learn about campus resources.

Breakfast with the Deans - Admitted Freshmen (IDEA Center, April)

SHPE, NSBE and SWE hosts a breakfast for incoming Jacobs School freshmen from underrepresented backgrounds. These students and their families have the opportunity to meet with the Deans, faculty, staff and students.

Empower HS Conference (SHPE, April)

This conference is hosted annually by the UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and involves tours, presentations, guest speakers and a social hour/lunch to introduce and excite high school students about the field of engineering and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Breakfast with the Deans - Admitted Transfer Students (IDEA Center, May)

SHPE, NSBE and SWE hosts a breakfast for incoming Jacobs School transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds. These students and their families have the opportunity to meet with the Deans, faculty, staff and students.

Envision HS Conference (SWE, May)

This conference is a fun-filled day to inspire and encourage approximately 200+ high school girls to pursue post-education in the field of engineering. This event is hosted annually by UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Seismic Outreach Program (SCSE, September-May)

Seismic Outreach is an annual program that gives the opportunity for UCSD students from all majors to reach out to local San Diego 6th grade classes through volunteering and the opportunity for younger students to learn about earthquake science and engineering. The main objective of Seismic Outreach is to develop these kids, being our next generation, into more effective communicators and more engaged citizens, and perhaps inspire them to choose engineering careers in the future.

SPLASH (TESC & JGSC, May)

An annual event organized by Triton Engineering Student Council and the Jacobs Graduate Student Council, with support from the Jacobs School of Engineering. Local high schoolers are invited to the UCSD campus for a day full of learning and exciting academic engagement! Our core belief is that students should enjoy learning about topics they are most passionate and interested about. We allow students to curate their day choose from a variety of classes created by our teachers. Our Splash teachers are current UCSD undergraduate and graduate students as even some department faculty. Splash Teachers pick their own topic and create their own curriculum. As a result, the classes feature material that teachers are most passionate about and what attendees find most interesting!