Koret Scholarship Award Application

2021-22 Application is Closed 
(2022-23 Application will open October, 2022)

Please read the following before applying. The application questions are available at the bottom of this page.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate student enrolled in Fall 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 work with their mentors in a 2 or 5 credit Individual Studies class.
  • The Koret Scholarship is intended to support undergraduate students 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. 
  • Koret Scholars must complete a survey before and after their research experience.
  • Koret Scholars participate in a "Koret Scholars Research Slam" in which they will present their project.
  • Koret Scholars must create a Google Site for their project which will be made public on a Koret Slam website.


  1. Undergraduate students from any academic discipline may apply for the Koret Scholarship. The application includes two 250 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 applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support from their mentor will be provided.
  3. In the application, an applicant will specify the mentors name and UCSC email address and when they save the application, a separate email to the mentor will be sent containing the link for them to upload 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 submits a separate application. In the group project question of the application, it should be made clear what specific role the applicant will be performing in the group project. 

Application Questions pdf (for the applicant)

Statement of Support pdf (for the mentor)