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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!


As of September 2020, the FMP is open to students with Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.  Students can participate for 2 or 3 consecutive quarters during the academic year.

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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.

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How to Apply

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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

As of May 2020, the FMP Symposium transitioned to the Online Undergraduate Research Symposium (OURS), which displays student's research projects on a virtual platform for one week during Spring Quarter. 

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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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FMP Coordinator Contact Information


Contact: Beverly Fruto