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Faculty: Becoming a Mentor

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Program Expectations

In order to apply to the FMP, students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 at the beginning of Winter Quarter
  • Have junior or senior standing. i.e. at least 90 units by the beginning of Winter Quarter 2020
  • Be able to participate in the program both Winter and Spring Quarters 
  • Be able to commit at least 10 hours a week to research-related activities for both Winter and Spring Quarters

If accepted to the program, students are required to:

  • Take 4 units of independent study (199) for credit Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • Turn in a research proposal at the end of Winter Quarter.
  • Present at at the FMP Symposium at the end of Spring Quarter.
  • Turn in a research paper at the end of Spring Quarter.

Faculty should plan on at least one hour of contact per week with your mentee(s). Many undergraduates are not seasoned researchers; they need to be trained and prepared for the work they are to perform with assigned readings and guidance in relevant research techniques. 

Student Selection

  • The Faculty Mentor Program can help match faculty or on-campus labs with undergraduates. Make sure to include relevant information regarding your requirements (such as GPA, work hours, lab experience, past coursework, etc.) and a description of the research you/your lab are conducting when you fill out the Faculty Registration Form.
  • If you are not currently working on a research project but would like to work with an undergraduate who has a project in mind, just let us know what kinds of projects you would supervise and what you would require of your students.
  • If you already have a student and would like to participate, you can put them in touch with our offices, and we will help them fill out the necessary paperwork.
  • If you have a cohort of students in a program, you can coordinate with the Faculty Mentor Program. Contact Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) at aep@ucsd.edu for more information. AEP is always looking to develop new programs to encourage undergraduate research.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

Complete the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Interest Form

Interest Form

UC San Diego mentor - winner of 2018 Faculty Mentor Award

Mentor Spotlight

Each year, two mentors (one in the humanities/social sciences and one in the physical/material sciences) are given the Faculty Mentor Program Outstanding Mentor Award, nominated by FMP students.

Meet AEP Mentors

Contact Us

Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator

Contact: Claire Kim
Email: b2kim@ucsd.edu
Zoom appointment: https://calendly.com/clairekim
Location: Student Center Building B, 1st Floor (please check in at URH front desk)