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Faculty: Becoming a Mentor

 mentorship is cool!

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 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
Zoom appointment:
Location: Student Center Building B, 1st Floor (please check in at URH front desk)