ERSP | Student resources
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Preparing and submitting your application

Applications for the 2019-2020 Cohort are now closed.  If you applied and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact as soon as possible.

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.
    1. Why have you chosen to study computer science and what is your specific motivation for participating in the CSE Early Research Scholars Program?
    2. Explain how your status as minority in CSE has affected your experience in CSE so far OR Explain your understanding of how being from a minoritized group affects a person’s experience in CSE and how you came about this understanding.
    3. How would your participation in the CSE ERSP program help increase the diversity of students in the CSE community?
We will also ask you to list the name and email of a professor who can talk about your performance in their class.  Please ask your professor if it’s OK for you to list their name.  You can let them know that it is unlikely we will contact them.  We only contact professors for a small subset of the finalists for this program.
Finally, ERSP targets students who have not taken any upper division CSE courses and are in their first 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).