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Students: How to Apply

1) Check Eligibility

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

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 upon first quarter of participation in the FMP (Fall or Winter)
  • Be registered as a UC San Diego student while participating in the FMP
  • Have sophomore standing or above
  • Be able to commit at least 10 hours a week to research-related activities each quarter of participation
  • Be able to commit at least 2 consecutive quarters to the program (Fall + Winter or Winter + Spring). Students can participate for the entire academic year if they wish.

International, visiting, and transfer students are all eligible as long as you fulfill the above requirements.


2) Find a Mentor

Students are responsible for finding and contacting their own mentor, but the FMP coordinator can help if you're having a hard time. Start looking for a mentor as you’re filling out the general application—be proactive! 

Here are some ways to get started:

  • If you're interested in working with a professor whose class you're currently taking, visit them during their office hours.
  • Check out UC San Diego’s research and job-related portals where professors often post open positions:
  • Visit your department's website to search for faculty whose work aligns with your research interests, and reach out to them with a brief introductory email. For tips on how to contact a professor, check out our Guide to Getting Started with the FMP.

*** Students should reach out to potential mentors and discuss a potential research project before adding a faculty member's name and email to the FMP application. 

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3) Apply for the FMP

There are two steps to the application: the general application and the FMP application. We recommend filling out the general application ASAP, as it contains general information that can be used to apply to other programs as well. Applications for the FMP are currently closed and will open again in September 2022.

Check back in September

4) Get Credit

Then, enroll in a 99 or 199 independent study with your mentor:

  • Read about the 99 and 199 Special Studies classes and how to apply here.
  • Biology: If you’re taking your 99/199 through the biology department, you must apply online through the biology department.
    • Note that deadlines for enrolling in BILD 99 & BISP 199 are earlier than other independent study courses; they always take place in the quarter before the course will actually be in effect. So if you want to enroll in BISP 199 for Spring Quarter, the deadline is during Winter Quarter.
  • If you cannot enroll in an independent course, please contact the FMP Coordinator for an exemption form.   

***The URH does NOT handle course enrollment. If you are having issues with enrolling in an independent study, contact the undergraduate advisor of your department (or the department affiliated with your mentor).

Important Dates

February 22-25, 2022

FMP & McNair Peer Review Writing Workshops

   March 11, 2022

BISP 99/199 Enrollment Deadline 

March 12–19, 2022

Winter Quarter Finals Week

  March 20

FMP Research Proposal Due for Winter 2022 Cohort

FMP Final Write-up Due for Fall 2021 Cohort (Fall+Winter participants only)


FMP Coordinator Contact Information


Contact: Beverly Fruto