by Photo courtesy of the UC San Diego

A bi-national research program at UC San Diego began with its largest cohort of 370 students, who will participate in real-world scientific research projects. 

This will be the institution’s 9th year of hosting high school and college students from the United States and Mexico in the ENLACE bi-national summer research program. The program has expanded from five students from Tijuana in 2013 to 185 from across both countries in 2022, according to a news release.

At the program’s forefront is Olivia Graeve, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor and director of the graduate program in materials science and engineering. 

“My goal with this program is to teach the students how to connect with each other through the lens of science,” said Graeve. “And eventually, entice them to consider graduate degrees that can then influence the way that science is done across borders and have them become uniters of our two countries.”

The 2022 program commenced on June 20th with the CaliBaja Symposium and Workshop, where students heard from academics, industry professionals, and alumni from both countries.  

Click here to learn more about the ENLACE summer research program. 

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