UCSB CS Early Research Scholars Program

Welcome! This is the homepage for the UCSB CS Early Research Scholars Program (ERSP).

ERSP is a year-long research apprenticeship program designed for students early in their undergraduate studies (typically in their second year) to gain foundational knowledge and skills for engaging in research in the discipline. Students work in a team (of typically four peers) with a Computer Science faculty on a project that ties into the faculty's research area. ERSP students are additionally supported by the program coordinator and a graduate assistant, as well as the graduate student(s) of their assigned CS faculty mentor. In Fall, ERSP students take a 4-unit research methods course to develop a research proposal and gain the knowledge and skills required to carry out the research. In Winter and Spring, they continue working on their project for 2-units of credit. The program wraps up with a poster presentation at the end of Spring.

Many thanks to the faculty and graduate mentors of the 2018/19 cohort:

  • Professors Tobias Hollerer, Tim Sherwood and William Wang;
  • Graduate students: Mai ElSherief, Deeksha Dangwal and Ehsan Sayyad.

We are currently looking for faculty mentors for the 2019/20 cohort. If you are interested, please email me (diba@ucsb.edu). Answers to some questions you may have are available here .

Student applications for the 2019/20 ERSP-UCSB cohort are now closed.

Information for students

The goal of ERSP is to give you the opportunity to learn about computer science research, improve and apply your core CS knowledge, gain skills important to your future as a computer scientist, and interact closely with our amazing faculty mentors and a supportive group of peers in ERSP. Expect it to be challenging and lots of fun !

Read more here.

Information for faculty

ERSP engages some of our best and brightest second year students (who are also mostly women and underrepresented minorities) in research apprenticeships, to get them trained to do research as well as excited about the field.

Faculty mentors open their research group meetings or 1 on 1 student meetings to allow ERSP students to sit in. Mentors (or their grad students) also take an active but well-supported role in guiding students' research during one academic year.

Read more here.

Highlights from the 2018/19 academic year!

UCSB-ERSP is supported by the National Science Foundation (award Number: 1821415): Scaling the Early Research Scholars Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.