The Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the program is to prepare students to apply and be accepted into top notch PhD programs by providing: hands-on paid research experience working in the laboratory of a faculty member, summer research experience, seminars with visiting scientists, and graduate program application development and personal statement workshops, financial assistance for research development, and travel funds to attend professional conferences. The program is open to disadvantaged and underrepresented full-time SDSU students with 3 years left before graduating, who have a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and who are interested in obtaining a PhD with an emphasis on conducting aging-related research. For more information on applying to the program, visit: or call the ADAR Program office at 619-594-6915.
DEADLINE: April 15



Interested in pursuing a career in stem cell research while earning $2,500/month? Through the Bridges to Stem Cell Research Internship Program you will develop expertise in laboratory techniques needed to work in the field of regenerative medicine. You will be able to carry out your own research at places like Scripps or Salk or ThermoFisher. The program includes a stem cell laboratory techniques course, a full-time internship and several opportunities to present your research. Interns will also participate in community outreach and patient engagement activities. The program is open to junior and senior undergraduates and first year MS students pursing a degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology or other related natural sciences. For more information visit:
DEADLINE: December 10



The Creating Scientists Program is designed to help incoming transfer students to SDSU get off to a fast start on their research careers. The program, which focuses on reducing cancer disparities, includes 8 weeks of funded intensive summer training in research that takes place the summer before students transfer to SDSU. Students attend weekly didactic training and are placed in research mentors’ labs for the summer; there is also funding for travel to a professional conference to present research findings during the subsequent academic year. The program is designed for students in the sciences. For more information, see or contact Dr. Vanessa Malcarne at



Would you like to review your math, prepare for calculus and get paid for it? Are you interested in getting involved in STEM research? Then the California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program at SDSU is for you. The goal is to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, and encourage more students to pursue graduate degrees in STEM fields. The program includes academic advising, 5-week summer math program, seminars/workshops, scholarships, book loans, GRE prep, travel awards and research participation stipends. For more info contact Thelma Chavez at
DEADLINE: Rolling (Academic Year)



The Graduate Access Program provides its students with general assistance in planning for graduate work leading to advanced degrees in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Each fall semester, the program offers a course, Biology 247, to provide support and assistance to students preparing applications to graduate school. For more information, contact Maureen Gibbins at 619-200-4940 or at



Looking to make a difference? Interested in conducting undergraduate research? The Health Careers Opportunity Program Virtual Summer Scholar Program with the Pre-College Institute/ Pathways Office provides financial and academic support for low-income, first-generation, culturally diverse college students as they prepare for post-secondary education in health-related fields. For more information visit our website at DEADLINE: May 4


The Health Professions Advising Office is a resource for students in any major planning a career in the health professions, including dentistry, medicine (M.D., D.O., and D.P.M.), optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. Professional staff and peer mentors support a community of pre-health professions students as they explore different health professions, plan and complete required course work, gain clinical experience, provide service and leadership on campus and in the community, and prepare for admissions tests and the 15-month application process. HPAO also works closely with many pre-health student organizations. To open an HPAO file, come to GMCS 323 or call 619-594-3030 to speak to a front desk representative. Be sure to check our web page at



Remember what is like to be the newest or youngest member of a group or at a school? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have an experienced fellow student and a faculty member knowledgeable about the facilities and activities on campus serve as your “mentors”? If you agree, the weekly Introduction to Campus Activities and Networking program at SDSU is the program for you. For more information contact Dr. Estralita Martin at 619-594-1204, e-mail or visit


The Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award is an NIH/NIGMS-sponsored program designed to provide three years of mentored, post-doctoral research in biomedical sciences and teaching training. IRACDA aims to promote links between UCSD and SDSU that lead to further collaborations in faculty research and student training and especially to promote the advancement of under-represented minorities. For more information, visit our web page at: or email:
DEADLINE: April 15, 2020


The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program is a year-round mentoring program to prepare upper division undergraduates for direct entry into biomedical science Ph.D. programs. Scholars earn annual salaries to conduct SDSU faculty mentored research, travel funds to present scientific findings, and lab funds to advance their independent research. Scholars also benefit from faculty/staff/peer mentoring, as well as participate in year-round activities to improve their communication skills, expand their scientific network, prepare graduate applications, and increase their overall competitiveness for Ph.D. program acceptance. For more information, contact Michelle Altemus at or visit:


Become a teacher! Earn your bachelor’s degree and credential in 4 years through the Integrated Teacher Education Program! The ITEP pathway typically takes 4 years and integrates the bachelor’s and credential program so that you can complete your general education, major and credential coursework, and student teaching within the 4 years it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree. ITEP programs are offered for those who want to become elementary teachers, and secondary teachers in the areas of mathematics, social science, and chemistry. For more information, see and contact Jackie Fuller, at


The mission of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research is to provide support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral sciences, engineering and to improve their preparation for high-caliber graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The MARC program provides funding for year-round research experiences here and summer research experiences at other institutions, opportunities to present your research at local and national conferences. Most importantly, the MARC program assists in your development, as you become a competitive Ph.D. applicant. For more information contact Thelma Chavez via e-mail at or visit our web page at
DEADLINE: April 15


The SDSU Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program provides academic support, “out of classroom” experiences and industry and alumni engagement, which help students succeed academically and develop professionally to achieve career goals. MESA students engage in “high impact” experiences, such as undergraduate research, first year seminar, learning communities and leadership development. The goal of the program is to enhance student engagement and graduate diverse students in the STEM fields. MESA is a postsecondary component of MESA California. For more information visit


NOYCE Scholars and Interns (MATHEMATICS)

The SDSU Mathematics Noyce Scholars and Interns Program focuses on recruitment of highly qualified and diverse mathematics majors into mathematics teaching. We offer the opportunity for undergraduate mathematics majors to work as tutors in middle school or high school. You might also have the opportunity to tutor college students or lead activities in Precalculus. Math Scholars get support, $12,500 scholarships*, for their credential year and will be part of a supportive community as new teachers. Contact Dr. Susan Nickerson at See (*Scholars agree to teach for two years.)
DEADLINE: March 20, 2020



The Pre-Maximizing Access to Research Careers is an enrichment program open to freshman and sophomore students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal of the Pre-MARC program is to introduce students to research, mentoring, and give them the opportunity to participate in an intensive 6-week Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will expose them to courses in writing, math, chemistry and research design. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Learning Communities during the spring semester and a hands-on laboratory research experience in the summer. For more information contact Thelma Chavez at or visit



The Partnership Scholars Program is part of the SDSU/UCSD Comprehensive Cancer Partnership, which is funded by the NIH/National Cancer Institute. Our mission is to develop underrepresented research scientists and health professionals devoted to solving cancer health disparities. PSP offers a paid full-time 10-week summer internship with the possibility of a yearlong mentoring program. In summer, participants conduct laboratory, behavioral, or public health cancer research with SDSU and/or UCSD faculty members and attend workshops at UCSD covering cancer biology, health disparities, ethics, and professional development. The program is open to SDSU and UCSD students who have at least two years of college coursework, are majors in biology, biochemistry, public health, nursing, sociology, psychology, or a similar area, and are planning on attending a graduate program in biomedical research science (MS, Ph.D.), professional health (e.g., MD, DO, MSN, RN), public health (MPH), or behavioral health after graduation. For more information contact Mercedes Quintana-Serrano at or visit the website:
DEADLINE: March 5th, 2021