Monday, May 8, 2017

UCSD School of Medicine Health Sciences Mentor Assistance Program (MAP) for High School Students

The UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center and the UCSD School of Medicine Health Sciences Division is once again offering the Mentor Assistance Program (MAP) for High School Students

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Student Application Period: May 1- June 4, 2017

UC San Diego’s Mentor Assistance Program (MAP) is a campus-wide program that engages high school students through a mentoring relationship with an expert from a vast array of campus disciplines and departments. MAP’s mission is to provide a pathway for student researchers to gain access to UCSD faculty, postdoctoral fellow and staff mentors in their own area of interest to complete a research project (i.e. independent study, class projects or Science Fair projects). MAP is an opportunity for students to take the first step into a potential career path, allowing them to build an early foundation for success in their academic and research career.

The program reaches out to all students and makes an effort to reach out to underserved students who are seeking mentors to guide them with their research and career interests. We strive to recruit mentors from across campus who work in fields as varied as aerospace and psychology to athletics and bioinformatics. Students refer to the MAP website for mentor bios and research interests and through an online application process request to be paired with a mentor who best matches their research interest and career goals. By volunteering 2-4 hours per week during the school year, the program allows students to become familiar with a particular lab or work place from fall of this year through spring of next year. Such an experience is often very difficult for an underserved student to obtain and this program attempts to bridge that gap.

For complete information about the MAP program and to access the online application, please visit

For questions, please contact Ange Mason of the San Diego Supercomputer Center ( or Kellie Church of the School of Medicine (