Edison 2018 Opportunities

Please return in January for 2019 opportunities

The Edison Scholars Program is funded by Edison International for 2018. UCSB students who are majoring in one of the following fields may apply for one or all programs outlined below.

Edison majors (B.S. majors only) include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Edison student eligibility criteria:

  • Be majoring in one of our Edison-eligible majors listed above
  • Graduating in 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021
  • Have a cumulative and quarter GPA of 3.0
  • Have an interested in research and graduate school
  • Identify as low-income, first-generation or underrepresented in graduate education as defined by U.S. Department of Education or the National Science Foundation

Edison 2018 Research Scholarships

DESCRIPTION: Scholarships to undergraduates in support of research-related and/or graduate school-related activities, among which may be domestic travel for professional conference participation, support for research projects, or graduate school application expenses. This scholarship will reimburse research-related expenses incurred from January 1 to September 1, 2018 and graduate school application expenses incurred from January 1 to April 1, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:  Undergraduates in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the following B.S. majors: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Statistics. Scholarships are available to a wide range of students among which are women, low-income, first-generation, veterans, and those historically underrepresented in these fields.

Students must be engaged in research activities with a UCSB faculty member to apply for a research-related scholarship. For both research-related and graduate school-related expenses, the student must include a signature from a faculty member in support of their application. 

SCHOLARSHIP: Maximum of $1,000, to be utilized in 2018 calendar year.

DEADLINE: Research scholarship applications are accepted throughout the academic year. Funding cycle for this year is closed. Please return in January for 2019 opportunities.

APPLICATION: To download application click here.

 

Edison 2018 GRE Scholarships

DESCRIPTION: Scholarships for GRE preparation courses provided by funds from Edison International in Spring 2018 that includes 8 instructor-led 2.5 hour sessions and access to Kaplan's online system for practice exams and modules.

ELIGIBILITY:  Undergraduates in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the following B.S. majors: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Statistics. Scholarships are available to a wide range of students among which are women, low-income, first-generation, veterans, and those historically underrepresented in these fields.

SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship provides funding valued at $1,200 for a GRE preparation course.

DEADLINE: No later than February 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

APPLICATION: To download application click here.

 

Edison 2018 Summer Research Program

DESCRIPTION:  A research opportunity in Summer 2018.  Students participate in research under the direction of a UCSB faculty mentor (in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Statistics), meet weekly in a seminar with a graduate student mentor for professional development activities, and offer a poster at the UCSB graduate and undergraduate colloquium series in August 2018. Program runs from June 25 through August 17, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:  Undergraduates in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Students must be engaged in research at UCSB during the summer of 2018. Scholarships are available to wide range of students among which are women, low-income, first-generation, veterans, and those historically underrepresented in these fields.

Student’s application must include ONE letter of recommendation from the UCSB faculty member who is or will be supervising their work this summer.

STIPEND:  $4,000 for full summer participation

DEADLINE: No later than April 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM

APPLICATION: To download application click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the application cycle for Edison opportunities begin and end?
Application cycle begins January 1 each year and ends September 1.

When is the deadline for Edison opportunities?
The deadline for the Edison GRE Scholarship is February 26, 2018. The deadline for the Edison Summer Program is April 30, 2018. The deadline for the Edison Research Scholarships is rolling and one a first-come first-serve basis but the latest you could apply would be by September 1.

How much is the Edison Research Scholarship? What does the scholarship cover?
You can only apply for a scholarship once each year and you can be awarded up to $1000 for your budgeted research expenses, regardless of whether they are for one quarter or an entire school year. The scholarship covers expenses for research, travel to conferences, or graduate school applications. UCSB faculty approval of research expenses is required.

Does the Edison Research Scholarship cover expenses for one quarter or the whole school year?
See response above.

I am a first-year, second-year, third-year, graduating senior? Can I still apply?
Yes, students of all years can apply for our programs, including graduating seniors. For the GRE scholarship, preference is given to students in their junior and senior year who are applying to graduate school in the fall. For the summer program, preference is given to students already engaged in research at UCSB.
If you are a graduating senior applying for our research scholarship, please do so before end of spring quarter since only currently-enrolled students can receive that scholarship.

I don't have a faculty mentor and I'm interested in applying for the summer program. Do you provide us with a faculty mentor?
We do not provide students with faculty mentors. It is up to the student to secure a UCSB faculty mentor. We recommend students search for mentors via departmental websites or the Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP) website. For assistance, students are welcome to meet with one of our graduate mentors for advice on how to secure a mentor.

Is there a citizenship requirement for the Edison opportunities?
There is no citizenship requirement for the use of Edison funds. DACA students are encouraged to apply.

I was a recipient of an Edison opportunity last year, can I reapply?
Students can apply for our opportunities each year. Students can only receive once the Edison GRE Scholarship and Edison Summer Program. However, students can receive the Edison Research Scholarship more than once.

For the Edisonr Research Scholarship, if I am considering buying multiple items over a time period of a few months, should I wait until I have purchased all the materials before applying for the scholarship? Or should I apply before I purchase the proposed materials?
You should apply one time and include all items you plan to purchase for this year. If awarded, you will receive a stipend to cover all research items so long as they do not go over our $1000 scholarship limit.

Does environmental studies qualify as a Edison-eligible major?
B.S. majors only.

I am a STEM student in a major outside of the ones listed on your flyer and website, can I still apply?
Based on our grant with Edison International, we can only consider students for our Edison opportunities who are majoring in one of the Edison-eligible B.S. fields. If you are in a B.A. major or a major outside those fields, you are not eligible to apply.

I have not declared a major. Can undeclared students apply for these opportunities?
No. Only students who have declared a major in one of the Edison-eligible B.S. fields are eligible to apply.

I am interested in applying for the scholarship, but I am not low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented in graduate education, can I still apply?
Eligibility requirements for the UCSB Edison opportunities are based on GPA, research and graduate school interest, low-income status, first-generation status, or a student underrepresented in graduate education as defined by US Department of Education (African American, Hispanic-Latino, Native American and Alaskan, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian) or the National Science Foundation (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities). Veterans and DACA students are also encouraged to apply.