The Early Research Scholars Program (ERSP) is a team-based research experience model for computer science students developed at University of California, San Diego. Over the course of two semesters, students will first learn about research fundamentals and observe an active research project under the guidance of the instructor, the central mentor and a research mentor. This work will culminate to a research proposal by the end of the first semester. Students will then work under the research mentor in the second semester to complete their research project and present this work at the SCSU Undergraduate Research Conference.
- To excite participants through early exposure to research and the challenges facing CS researchers today.
- To teach participants the fundamental skills involved in conducting CS research.
- To create a diverse and supportive community within the CS department, with a particular focus on engaging students from groups currently underrepresented including women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and indigenous groups.