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Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)

Through the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP), students can develop valuable relationships with UC San Diego faculty mentors while participating in an independent study course (99 or 199) designed to build their research skills. The FMP offers assistance every step of the way—finding and establishing a connection with a mentor, learning research & writing skills, and exploring post-graduate career paths through workshops and seminars. The FMP is open to all majors! 


FMP applications for 2020-2021

have now closed.

FMP Offers Students


Get 4 units of 99 or 199 Independent Study credit for each quarter you participate in the FMP. In most cases, these units can count toward your major’s requirements.


A close rapport with a faculty mentor can open up your world to a wider research community and the chance to meet leaders, future colleagues, and lifelong friends who share your intellectual curiosity.

Professional Development

The FMP offers a variety of workshops and seminars designed to help you become better researchers, writers, and explore the possibility of attending graduate school.

How to Apply

Applications for 2020-2021 have closed. Check back in Fall 2021 for the next application cycle. In the meantime, click here to find out more about eligibility and requirements!

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Faculty: Becoming a Mentor

Find out how FMP works and how to register as a mentor.

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FMP Symposium

Faculty Mentor Program students in the 2020-2021 cohort will display their work at our virtual poster symposium, scheduled for May 2021. Check back for updates!

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FMP Emergency Medicine Program

Interested in a career in medicine, healthcare, or clinical research? Find out more about the FMP Emergency Medicine Program.

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Contact Us

Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator

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