UCSD Partners

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

The UC San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), together with Calit2's division at UC Irvine, house over 1,000 researchers across the two campuses, organized around more than 50 projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology and how these technologies will transform a range of applications important to the California economy and its citizens' quality of life. Calit2 will celebrate its 10th anniversary in December 2010.

Center for Global California Studies

The Center for Global California Studies (CGCS) fosters creative and activist interdisciplinary research, teaching, and collaboration among California's communities, faculty, and students. California - in all its dimensions-is the object of our focus. CGCS grew out of and replaces the California Cultures in Comparative Perspective initiative's efforts to explore new epistemological, conceptual, and methodological challenges created by the diverse demographics and challenges in a changing California. A critical examination the stratified economic conditions, resulting power relations and social formations that have reconfigured California at the nexus of local struggle and global process at the turn of this century are all central to these efforts. California is the prism through which CGCS explores these challenges as they intersect with immigration, the environment, health, education, language, cultural production, citizenship, democracy and diversity.

Center for Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence

One of the major challenges facing universities today is the need to increase the number of underserved, low-income youths who are eligible for admittance to college. While numerous efforts have been made to address this problem, an easy solution has proven elusive. What has become clear, however, is that we as a society cannot expect to boost the numbers of underrepresented youths in our colleges without focused efforts to prepare these students academically in their pre-college years. CREATE at UC San Diego is addressing this challenge by: forming collaborations between UCSD and local elementary and secondary school districts; offering the highest quality of education to 700 students at our on-campus model school - The Preuss School; conducting research on improving educational opportunities for underserved students; and offering innovative teacher education and professional development opportunities for local educators The CREATE approach enables the university to bring its most vital resources, faculty and students, to support local schools and school districts.

Department of Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies at UCSD is a key center of empirical and theoretically-based research, outstanding teaching, and creative collaborations that promote social justice. We offer an innovative vision of the post/colonial world and its peoples for the 21st century. Our faculty and students focus on fundamental theoretical and political questions regarding the critical conceptualization of social categories, particularly race, indigeneity, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. We engage and elucidate alternative epistemologies that have emerged from racialized and indigenous communities in a U.S. and transnational context in order to produce new knowledges for the academy and broader public.  We are committed to rethinking these issues in a comparative, relational, and interdisciplinary fashion in order to interrogate questions of power, violence and inequality.

Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition

The Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) was established at UCSD in 1978. As its name implies, members of LCHC pursue research which takes differences among human beings as a starting point for understanding human mental processes. We adopt an ecological approach to our subject matter, looking at systems that include mediating tools, people, representations, institutions and activities.  Populations varying in age, culture, biological characteristics, social class, schooling, ethnicity, etc. are studied in a wide range of activity settings in various social institutions (schools, hospitals, workplaces) and countries.  Correspondingly, LCHC uses a wide range of methods (such as participant observation, ethnography, experimentation, discourse-analysis) to bring into clear relief the role of culturally inflected collective social practices, change over time, and the cultural-historical context of the people among whom we work in the phenomena we study.  International collaboration in research is fundamental to understanding human cognition. Hence, in addition to using computers and computer networking as a research tool, lab members use these same means to promote discussion and collaboration among geographically distant people.

San Diego Supercomputer Center

As an organized research unit of UC San Diego, the San Diego Supercomputer Center is a national leader in creating and providing cyberinfrastructure for data-intensive research. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible and integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery. SDSC is a founding member of the national TeraGrid, the nation's largest open scientific discovery infrastructure.

Teams in Engineering Service

The UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering's Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) program is an innovative academic program that offers partnerships between engineering students and non-profit organizations in the local community leading them to identify, address and solve engineering problems. TIES is modeled after the EPICS Program at Purdue University, a program originating in the mid-90s, which has proven to be enormously successful in its efforts to provide its engineering students with the opportunity to work in the real world. Following its phenomenal success, EPICS programs have been replicated in several universities around the country, though none so far in the western U.S.The goal of the program at UCSD is to broaden students' educational experience by offering them high-quality, state-of-the-art engineering experience through a hands-on program of defining, designing, building, testing, deploying, and supporting real systems, in a multi-disciplinary team setting, that in addition serves to benefit our community.

UC San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is comprised of a unique blend of interdisciplinary researchers and clinicians dedicated to: conducting ground-breaking research that influences public policy and conquers disease; offering a broad-based curriculum to UCSD undergraduates, medical students, residents, and physicians across the country; and providing health education and clinical care to the underserved community.

UC San Diego Extension

As the professional education and public service division of UC San Diego, Extension is focused on being a major catalyst for the continued economic, intellectual, and cultural growth of the San Diego and Baja California region. Core offerings include professional education and training, cultural enrichment, and regional economic solutions. Whether you're starting a new career, building a company, or developing a deeper appreciation of the world around you, Extension has the resources you need to get started.

UC San Diego School of Medicine Program in Medical Education - Health Equity (PRIME-HEq)

PRIME-HEq is part of a system-wide effort at the University of California to train physicians better able to meet the needs of the diverse Californian population who are traditionally underserved by the medical system. PRIME-HEq is an inclusive program designed to build on students' interests and backgrounds in community service. PRIME-HEq faculty work with students to identify populations or communities at risk for health disparities. Students will then receive exposure, training, and the opportunity to work with the identified group to further their passion in the area and provide knowledge and skills to better equip the students to improve health equity for the group. The program's mission is to develop leaders to eliminate health disparities in their communities, our nation, and the world.