Koret Scholars Application

Koret Scholarship Application is Now Closed
Application Deadline: February 25, 2021

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be enrolled in Spring 2021 at UCSC and be in good academic standing. Applicants will be required to provide access to educational records for verification purposes.
  • Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must have a UCSC faculty (or, in some cases, a UCSC graduate student) mentor for the project. Applicants will be required to work with their mentor to develop and complete a research project.
  • Research projects can be student or faculty-originated.
  • Research projects are to be completed prior to the student's graduation.


  • In most cases, Koret Scholars should work with their mentors in a 2 or 5 credit individual studies class.
  • The Koret Scholars program is intended to enable students to participate in a research project outside their courses in collaboration with faculty and/or graduate students. As such, research projects can not be assignments in regular courses. However, new research projects could be developed out of previous coursework. 
  • Students will submit a one-page report on their research experience at the end of the final quarter.
  • Students will participate in a "Koret Scholars Research Slam" in which they will virtually present their project.


  1. Students apply for the Koret scholarship. The application includes two 400 word prompts: one for a project description and the other for a personal statement. All project proposals must include the support and guidance of a faculty mentor/sponsor.
  2. All undergraduate student applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support will be possible.
  3. Once the student submits their application a separate email to the mentor listed in the application will be generated automatically containing the link for them to submit their letter of support.
  4. Mentors must be UCSC faculty/lecturers/post-docs/researchers etc and have a CruzID and are willing to actively mentor the student.
  5. For group projects, each student in the group may submit an application. In the project description of the application, it should be made clear what specific role the student will be performing in the group project.