Undergraduate News


Mars Rover Team Shines in Utah Desert

Mars Rover Team Shines in Utah Desert

September 12, 2023

The Mars rover built by undergraduate students at the University of California San Diego rocketed to 5th place at the University Rover Challenge this summer in the Utah desert.  Full Story


Historic Red Tide Event of 2020 Fueled by Plankton Super Swimmers

Historic Red Tide Event of 2020 Fueled by Plankton Super Swimmers

August 28, 2023

For the first time, a study led by scientists at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Jacobs School of Engineering has pinpointed how this plankton species — a dinoflagellate — was able to create such an exceptionally dense bloom that led to an exceptional red tide event.  Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Undergrads Get Hands-On Lab Experience in the Summertime

UC San Diego Engineering Undergrads Get Hands-On Lab Experience in the Summertime

August 24, 2023

The Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research program and sponsoring organizations are providing funding for hard-working engineering students to engage in further research this summer. The summer program, known as GEAR to Career, gives students extra time in the lab to deepen their skills. Full Story


Grassroots Graduate School Mentorship Program

Grassroots Graduate School Mentorship Program

July 20, 2023

Soon after Alexander Chen began as a chemical engineering graduate student at UC San Diego, he stumbled on a problem that he couldn’t help but work to fix. Instead of just admiring the problem, Chen built a grassroots mentorship program to fix it.  Full Story


UC San Diego Formula Racing Team Breaks Its Own Records in Annual Competition

UC San Diego Formula Racing Team Breaks Its Own Records in Annual Competition

July 7, 2023

Triton Racing, the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers student team at UC San Diego, overcame serious obstacles to beat its all-time best performances in this year’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) Competition at Michigan International Speedway, providing a thrilling example of what a real-world engineering education can look like. Full Story


Meet 6 UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduates Receiving 2023 Awards for Excellence

Meet 6 UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Undergraduates Receiving 2023 Awards for Excellence

June 16, 2023

Six students who have made significant contributions to their departments and surrounding communities at the Jacobs School of Engineering and the University of California San Diego will receive Awards of Excellence as part of Ring Ceremony 2023 on Saturday, June 17. Full Story


Building Bridges (Literally) is the Goal of Friendly Nationwide Engineering Competition

Building Bridges (Literally) is the Goal of Friendly Nationwide Engineering Competition

June 15, 2023

Student cheers mixed with the noise of power tools on a Saturday morning at Liontree Arena as more than 40 student teams, including one from UC San Diego, competed in the finals of a national steel bridge competition.    Full Story


The Class of 2023: Dedicated to Their Dreams

The Class of 2023: Dedicated to Their Dreams

June 1, 2023

UC San Diego’s Class of 2023 looks forward to diving into their future. Their passions range from international environmental equity to artificial intelligence and from biosustainability to lasers and optics. Together, they forged their own pathways at UC San Diego and look forward to taking their next steps. Our soon-to-be alumni are ready to turn their tassels and start making their dreams into reality. Full Story


Engineering Students Present Laser-Driven Aircraft Propulsion Proposal to NASA

Engineering Students Present Laser-Driven Aircraft Propulsion Proposal to NASA

May 31, 2023

A group of undergraduate and masters engineering students from UC San Diego has been selected as one of eight finalists in the 2023 Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy (Blue Skies) Competition. The students will present their ideas for future sources of aviation power to a panel of industry experts at the 2023 Blue Skies Forum, June 1-2, 2023, at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, which will be livestreamed globally. Full Story


This student organization builds neurotechnology devices

This student organization builds neurotechnology devices

April 18, 2023

UC San Diego students will present three projects at an event that will bring together teams for five University of California campuses April 29 at UCLA. The neuro-tech conference  is organized by student organizations at UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis.   Full Story