Preparing and submitting your application
Applications for the 2020-2021 cohort are now open! Read this page and then find the link to the application at the bottom.
Before you click on the application link, we recommend that you read the questions below, prepare your responses in a separate file, and then copy and paste them into the application.
To help you prepare your application, below we give the essay questions we will ask. We provide the following context to help you address the second and third questions below. One goal of ERSP is to promote and increase diversity in the CSE community. Preference goes to those whose participation in ERSP will help increase CSE participation for students with minoritized, under-represented status using a broad definition that includes (but is not necessarily limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and first-in-family to attend university. Note that if you are from a majority, well-represented group, you could still have an understanding of what it’s like to be from a minoritized, under-represented group.
Additionally, ERSP targets students who are in majors in the CSE department, have not taken any upper division CSE courses and are in their first year at UCSD at the time of application. We do make exceptions on an individual basis, so if you do not meet the above criteria you must also include in your application a short essay (again 1 or 2 paragraphs) describing why you feel that an exception should be made in your case.
Before you apply, you might also want to check out the overview presentation about ERSP that has answers to frequently asked questions (but ignore the dates given in that presentation).