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Faculty: Becoming a Mentor

Faculty members, find out how the Faculty Mentor Program for student undergraduate research works and how to participate.

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Fill out the Faculty Application Form.

Program expectations

Students are required to:

  • Take 4 units of independent study (199) credit Winter and Spring Quarters,
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours a week on their projects for those two Quarters,
  • Turn in a research proposal at the end of Winter Quarter,
  • Present at the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Symposium Week Nine of Spring Quarter, and
  • Turn in a research paper at the end of the Spring Quarter.

You should plan for one hour a week of contact with your student. Undergraduates are not ready-made research assistants. They need to be prepared for the work they are to perform through assigned readings and training in relevant research techniques. It is highly recommended that a student should have already taken some coursework in the area of your project.

Students selection

  • The Faculty Mentor Program can provide matching services for faculty or on-campus labs looking for undergraduates. Just let us know your requirements such as GPA, work hours, lab experience, classes taken, etc. as well as a description of the research you/your lab is conducting
  • If you are not currently working on a research project but would like to work with an undergraduate who is working on his/her own project, just let us know what kinds of projects you could 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 your program with the Faculty Mentor Program. Contact Academic Enrichment Programs at aep@ucsd.edu for more information. Academic Enrichment Programs is always looking to develop new programs to encourage undergraduate research.