CSE Summer Series

Updated: May 21st 2024

Welcome to the CSE Summer Series webpage! We're excited to be bringing you a dynamic mix of resources from various campus offices this summer. In collaboration with the UCSD IDEA Center and Triton Transfer Hub, we're each offering a unique viewpoint on the best ways to maximize your time in summer and prepare for your upcoming year. Check out each office's contributions below and get ready for a productive school year! 

While created with transfer students in mind, all UCSD students are welcome to attend and utilize these resources. You can also view the recorded webinars from our previous summer series at the bottom of this webpage - enjoy!

IDEA Center - Summer Transfer Prep: 

Transfer Prep is a 4-day program held over the summer for incoming transfer engineering students. This FREE program provides incoming students with the opportunity to acclimate to campus life, build skills and habits necessary for success in engineering, and develop community amongst their peers before beginning their courses in the fall.

This free program provides incoming transfer engineering students an opportunity to interact and build community with peers and current engineering students who will serve as your mentors throughout the duration of the program. You will participate in academic and social activities that include connecting with faculty, staff and current students through workshops, small group discussions, and information sessions.

During Transfer Prep you have the option of staying on campus or commuting. If you choose to stay on campus you will spend three nights in UC San Diego housing with your fellow Transfer Prep participants and Transfer Prep Leaders, and all meals will be provided. If you commute, lunch, dinner, and parking will be provided. 

Spots are limited, so make sure to apply!

Triton Transfer Hub - STEP:

UC San Diego welcomes our new first-year transfer students to STEP into 2024!

The Summer Transfer Enrichment Program (STEP) prepares incoming Triton Transfers for success in their transfer to UCSD. This program designed exclusively for incoming transfer students by providing a variety ways they can connect with information, resources, and each other, all before stepping onto campus for the first time in September. 

STEP into 2024 enables you as an incoming transfer student to participate on your terms when works for you. We know transfer students come in with a variety of needs, so we allow you build out a summer schedule that works best for you. Although we hope to see you at every opportunity, you can participate in any - or all - steps along the way, or tap into the recordings at a later time.

By participating in the steps of STEP into 2024, first-year transfer students will be able to:

  • Make a successful transition from community college by celebrating their lived experiences, wealth of knowledge and skills sets.
  • Identify campus resources specific to their needs.
  • Discover how to find various research and involvement opportunities 
  • Establish a strong sense of belonging by developing a social network with peers, faculty and staff.

STEP into 2024 is a series of events which take place all throughout summer, open to all incoming transfer students.

Why should you participate?

  • Get a jump start on your UCSD experience!
  • Gain research experience and mentorship.
  • Meet fellow transfer students like yourself.
  • Connect with resources early.
  • Get your questions answered.

Ready to learn more? 

Click here for our website with dates

CSE Newsletter: Please feel free to visit the CSE Undergraduate Newsletter site to explore current opportunities, upcoming events, and other resources for undergraduate students in the CSE Department.

Summer Series 2020

Past Webinar Recordings: Click each title to view the webinar recordings on the UCSD CSE and Career Center YouTube Channels

July 7, 2020: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Undergraduate research is a great way to dive into a topic you are passionate about, make tangible changes in the world and even get paid! Find out how you can be a part of our UC San Diego research community today.

July 21, 2020: Jumpstarting Your Career in Engineering

Learn about resources available through the Career Center and JSOE in order to maximize career opportunities.

August 4, 2020: Essential Leadership Skills You Can Build Today

Learn about how transferable skills & efficient communication can help you build essential leaderships skills!

August 18, 2020: Dos and Don'ts of a Technical Resume

Learn about crafting a solid technical resume to land interviews for jobs and internships.

September 15, 2020: Career Exploration in Engineering

Are you curious about various engineering roles available in the "real world"? Learn about different paths from industry/HR representatives.

September 29, 2020: Nailing Interviews Through Virtual Engagement Platforms

Learn how to make an amazing first impression during a virtual interview.

Summer Series 2021

Past Webinar Recordings: Click each title to view the webinar recordings on the UCSD CSE and Career Center YouTube Channels

August 17, 2021: Jumpstarting Your Career in Engineering

Are you an engineering student curious about career resources available to you? Learn about various services the Career Center and JSOE offers in order to maximize career opportunities. 

September 14, 2021: Preparing for Engineering Graduate School

Interested in learning the ins and outs of the graduate school application process? Tune into this program to discover key application tips and tricks for engineering master's and doctoral programs. 

September 30, 2021: Do's and Don'ts of a Technical Resume

This session was led by a panel of employers including representatives from Bloomberg, Nordson and ThermoFisher - learn about crafting a solid technical resume to land interviews for jobs and internships. 

Triton Transfer YouTube Channel

Check out the vlog series your Transfer Peer Coaches created last summer about advising, campus life, jobs/research/internships, and academic resources. This series will 100% help to get you ready for Fall quarter!

Summer Series 2022

CSE Department - Research Panel - Summer 2022

A research panel featuring CSE faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who talked about all things CSE research. This panel gave students an opportunity to make connections with faculty, explore our research areas and help students think about how research could fit into their academic and career goals.

Summer Series 2023

Summer Series by Professor Joe Politz

The goals are:

to get you connected with resources in our department and university (including each other!) to share some content that will help you prepare for fall


You can ask questions by replying directly to this email, or by asking on EdStem or on Discord!

UCSD CSE advising: https://cse.ucsd.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-advising
My contact info: https://jpolitz.github.io/contact/

We'll do this via some videos, some online quizzes and programming work, and more.

Welcome Video:

This program is entirely free and there's no registration or anything. You can engage as much or as little as you like, and there's no penalty for “missing” things.

Each week will come with some TODOs; you can do none, one, some, or all of them as you find useful!

Fill out the welcome survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMoUZWUWpCoOjqO2uhRNAwR1ARmd1ZsqjkmbZ12liBglpgHg/viewform Join the Discord server: https://discord.gg/gK8JJRgF (If you're new to Discord, it's this: https://discord.com/)