Mentorship & Enrichment Programs
SDSU Provides Various Opportunities for First-Gen Students to Benefit from Academic Enrichment & Mentorship.
The Aztec Mentor Program (AMP) provides students an individual mentor who is an established alumni/professional in the San Diego area or in other parts of the world. Mentors provide guidance on career-related topics such as interviewing, networking, graduate school, and more! The program is open to eligible juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all majors. The program runs during the Fall (Aug. - Dec.) and Spring (Jan. - May) semester.
The SDSU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program is an intensive undergraduate research training program, which prepares students for direct entry into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or behavioral science Ph.D. programs. The mission is to improve the participation of historically underrepresented students in the sciences and increase the number of underrepresented students who matriculate directly to a Ph.D. program.
The Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) is sponsored by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The program provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. levels.
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Program (MEP) supports underserved students to become the engineers and physical science professionals urgently needed in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industry to compete in today’s global marketplace.
Tips for Finding a Research Mentor
Additional resources on how to find a research mentor in any major are available on the undergraduate research site