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Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal

Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal

The Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal is a resource to connect students in all disciplines that are interested in research with faculty members and external partners looking to find undergraduate researchers. Research-oriented opportunities in the form of part-time jobs, internships, volunteer positions, or course credits (e.g., independent study) will be posted directly on the Undergraduate Research Portal.  Students also have the opportunity to create a profile and post their resume on the Undergraduate Research Portal which faculty members will use to search for and identify ideal candidates for their projects.

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To earn International Studies major credit, students must earn academic credit in the form of a 199 Special Studies course.

Special Studies 199 Application for Enrollment

  • Note: At this time International Studies does not have its own INTL 199.  Students will need to enroll through the home department of the professor that they are working with.  Directions to complete the application for enrollment are detailed on the 199 application for enrollment form.

To receive major credit for a 199:

  • Students are required to complete a minimum 15 page research paper focusing on an approved topic.
  • Research topic must be pre-approved – this initial review does not guarantee course credit.  The topic of research must have at least 50% international content. 
  • Disciplinary Focus course credit: To apply toward this requirement, the research paper must match the field of study of the Disciplinary Focus and have at least 50% international content.
  • Interdisciplinary Elective course credit:  To apply toward this requirement, the research paper must have at least 50% international content but can be from any field of study.
  • After completion of the 199, a formal undergraduate student petition must be submitted along with the final research paper.  The petition and paper will be evaluated by the ISP Director.

The following guidelines must be met in order for the International Studies Program to consider granting course credit:

  • Student must receive academic credit of at least 4 UC upper-division quarter units.
  • Student must write a substantial research paper of at least 15 pages of written work, 1 inch margins, 12 point font (bibliography and charts/graphs NOT included in page count).
  • Student must have a faculty advisor.
  • Student must read scholarly materials and incorporate them into the research paper.

Independent Research (199)

Independent Research (199)

Students can earn academic credit for conducting independent research.  An application and research plan are required for each quarter of participation.  The International Studies Program will accept up to two 199 course towards the major.

Special Studies 199 Application for Enrollment

  • Note: At this time International Studies does not have its own INTL 199.  Students will need to enroll through the home department of the professor that they are working with.  Directions to complete the application for enrollment are detailed on the 199 application for enrollment form.

To receive major credit for a 199:

  • Students are required to complete a minimum research paper of at least 4,500 words (approximately 15-20 pages of written work) focusing on an approved topic.
  • Research topic must be pre-approved – this initial review does not guarantee course credit.  The topic of research must have at least 50% international content. 
  • Disciplinary Focus course credit: To apply toward this requirement, the research paper must match the field of study of the Disciplinary Focus and have at least 50% international content.
  • Interdisciplinary Elective course credit:  To apply toward this requirement, the research paper must have at least 50% international content but can be from any field of study.
  • After completion of the 199, a formal undergraduate student petition must be submitted along with the final research paper.  The petition and paper will be evaluated by the ISP Director.

The following guidelines must be met in order for the International Studies Program to consider granting course credit:

  • Student must receive academic credit of at least 4 UC upper-division quarter units.
  • Student must write a substantial research paper of at least 15 pages of written work, 1 inch margins, 12 point font (bibliography and charts/graphs NOT included in page count).
  • Student must have a faculty advisor.
  • Student must read scholarly materials and incorporate them into the research paper.

Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP)

Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) offers invaluable research experience to all junior or seniors with a Grade Point Average of 2.7 or higher who have the desire to prepare for graduate or professional school.

Program highlights

As a student participant, you will:

  • Work as a research assistants to UC San Diego faculty members at least 10 hours per week for two quarters
  • Participate in a research project designed and supervised by a faculty mentor in conjunction with the your research interests
  • Receive 4 units of Independent Study credit each quarter
  • Learn how to write a research proposal and paper
  • Receive graduate school and fellowship information
  • Present your research at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium at the end of the academic year

Program benefits

The Faculty Mentor Program is an excellent way to get to know and work with a UC San Diego faculty mentor for two quarters. It is great preparation for graduate and professional school.

The research skills you acquire, including the writing and presenting of a scholarly paper, will prove invaluable to you after you graduate from UCSD, whether you continue on in a graduate program or begin your career.

Eligibility

If you are a junior or senior, have at least a 2.7 GPA, and have an interest in research you are eligible for the Faculty Mentor Program. All students who complete the FMP application and meet the eligibility requirements may participate if a suitable research placement can be arranged.

Faculty mentors

Faculty members who are interested in becoming mentors may find more information and an application form on Blink.

International Studies Honors Program

The International Studies Honors Program is designed for a limited number of students who have demonstrated excellence in the major. It is recommended for students who have a strong interest in doing original research and those who intend to pursue graduate or professional study.

Admission to the IS Honors Program is based on eligibility requirements and is determined by application only.

Please visit the Honors Program portion of our website for detailed information.