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FMP Frequently Asked Questions

 Is the Faculty Mentor Program a competitive program?

No. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be accepted into the program.

Is the FMP Emergency Medicine Program a competitive program?

Yes. Only 6-7 students will be selected to participate in the program.

I'm an incoming transfer student and my current UCSD GPA is 0.00, can I apply for FMP?

Yes. UCSD GPA requirement will be waived for incoming transfer students only during the Fall FMP application period. For Winter FMP applications, please estimate your UCSD GPA and modify it after your Fall quarter grades have been posted. These exemptions only apply to incoming transfer students during their first year at UCSD.

Do I have to be part of the Faculty Mentor Program to enroll in a 199 independent course?

No. You can enroll in independent courses without having to participate in the Faculty Mentor Program.However, FMP is an excellent add-on to students' research experience.

Does FMP provide stipends?

No. The faculty mentor program does NOT provide stipends.However, upon completion of the program, students will be able to request funding to pay for travel expenses to present a research project at a conference in a different city through the Undergraduate Research Hub using this request form.

I missed the BILD 99/BISP 199 enrollment deadline. Can I still apply for the Faculty Mentor Program?

Yes. Please reach out to the Faculty Mentor Program coordinator to request a 199-exemption form after you submit your FMP appplication.

What is the time commitment for the Faculty Mentor Program?

FMP is a 2 quarter commitment program.

  • Students are expected to do research related activities for at least 10 hours per week.
  • Meet with their UCSD Faculty mentor for at 1 hour per week unless otherwise stated by the mentor.
  • Attend ~1 hour long seminars and workshops during each quarter of participation. (3-4 hours per quarter in total)

What is expected of the FMP faculty mentors?

Faculty mentors are expected to oversee the development of FMP scholars’ projects and provide feedback along the way. 

  • Faculty should plan on at least one hour of contact per week with their 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. If a mentor is unable to oversee research, they can assign someone else on their behalf to check on the student's progress.
  • Give students feedback on the required FMP papers. ( Research proposal, final paper, and poster to be presented at the FMP Symposium)
  • Approve students enrolled in a 99/199 independent study course (4 units) under the mentor's department each quarter of participation.

I have more questions about FMP. What should I do?

Please reach out to the FMP coordinator via email.

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)