Koret Scholarship Application

Application closed Sunday, October 22 2023 (11:59 PM)

Last Year's Koret Application Slide Presentation 

Please read all of the following before applying.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be an undergraduate student enrolled in Winter 2024 and/or Spring 2024 at UC Santa Cruz and be in good academic standing. You will be required to provide access to educational records for verification purposes.
  • Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.
  • You must have a UC Santa Cruz faculty or UC Santa Cruz graduate student as a mentor for your project. You are required to work with your mentor to develop and complete your research project.
  • Research projects can be student, or mentor-originated.
  • Research projects must be completed prior to the student's graduation.


  • It is recommended, but not required, that Koret Scholars work with their mentor in a 2 or 5 credit Individual Studies course.
  • The Koret Scholarship is intended to support you in a research project outside of a course.  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 agree to present their project in the "Koret Research Slam" at the end of spring quarter.


  • Undergraduate students from any academic discipline may apply. Previous Koret Scholars are not eligible to apply.

  • The application includes two 250 word prompts: one for a project description and the other for a personal statement.
  • You must contact your mentor before submitting your application in order to confirm that a letter of support will be provided.
  • In the application, you will specify the mentors name and UCSC email address. When you save the application, a separate email to your mentor will be sent containing a link to upload their letter.
  • Mentors must be a UC Santa Cruz faculty/graduate student/post-doc/researcher etc with a CruzID. They must be willing to actively mentor you.

  • For group projects, each student in the group submits a separate application. In the project description question of the application, it should be made clear what specific role you will be performing in the group project. 

Application Questions pdf (for the applicant)

Statement of Support pdf (for the mentor)