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Interdisciplinary Research Awards 

 Applications for the 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards are now open to all UCSD graduate and professional students. The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is seeking graduate students who are conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research. Four students whose research represents a unique and impactful synthesis of theory and methodology from multiple disciplines of study at UCSD will be selected to receive the award. Each recipient will be awarded $500 and a certificate from the Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA). 


Application Form:


Application Deadlines:

  • Students must submit all application materials to this link by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2024.
  • Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 10, 2024.


Required Application Materials:

  • A student-written research statement of 750-1000 words describing the research project, what it draws from each of its disciplines, and how it contributes to each. This statement should be written for a lay audience. Discussion of how the interdisciplinary approach enabled novel findings will be given special attention.
  • A curriculum vitae or academic resume. 
  • Letters of Recommendations from two faculty members, preferably thesis advisors or dissertation committee members. Each form must be submitted by a faculty member in a different department. At least one form must be from a UCSD faculty member.


Winning research will be selected on the basis of:

  1. Interdisciplinarity: The extent to which the research synthesizes theory and methodology from more than one distinct traditional field of study

  2. Novelty: The extent to which the research produces new insights not formerly produced in one or more of the fields from which it draws

  3. Impact: The importance of the research to each of its supporting fields of study

  4. Communication: The clarity with which the details of the research and the relevance of its content are explained to a lay audience


Notification of Award:

Award recipients will be notified of their selection by Friday, April 19, 2024.
Awardees will be honored at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024



Contact the GPSA Vice President of Academic Affairs at

Previous Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

  • Austin Beacham, Political Science
  • Hao Wen-Dong, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Palka Puri, Physics
  • Ross E. Turner, Materials Science & Engineering

Congratulations to the 2022 winners!

  • Chenghai Li, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • James Lynch, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Aditya Vasan, Mechanical Engineering
  • Evelyn Vasquez, Literature

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

  • Alejandro Cano, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • Lauren Hoffman, Chemical Engineering
  • Sevin Sagnic, Sociology
  • Jessica Zhou, Bioinformatics

Congratulations to the 2020 winners!

  • Jessica Sandoval, Engineering + Biology
  • Luke Sanford, Political Science + Environmental
  • Mayra Puente, Education + Anthropology + Geography