MESA student cohort
Small group of MESA students at an event


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: Open until filled


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: June 15 (Summer) & Rolling (Academic Year)

CREATE Scholars

CREATE Scholars, from the San Diego State University / UC San Diego Cancer Research and Education to Advance HealTh Equity (CREATE) Partnership, is sponsored by the NIH/National Cancer Institute. We aim to grow the next generation of underrepresented research scientists and professionals devoted to solving cancer health disparities. We offer a unique paid research internship, training, and mentorship opportunity to undergraduate students preparing for careers in research, STEM, healthcare, clinical social work, public health, and other jobs connected to cancer, cancer health disparities, and cancer prevention. The program is open to SDSU, SDSU-IV, and UCSD undergraduate students who have at least two years of college coursework, planning on obtaining a graduate degree(s) in a research-based STEM research-based field (MS, Ph.D.), public health (MPH), pharmacology (PharmD), clinical social work (MSW), clinical psychology (PsyD), health professional degree (e.g., PA, RN, MSN, DNP, MD, DO) or other certificate programs related to oncology (i.e., Certified Genetic Counselor). For more information, contact Mercedes Mendoza at or visit the website:

DEADLINE: March 15


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 


Interested in conducting undergraduate research? The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP’s) Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program 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 5th, 2023


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 


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, and 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, and 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:

DEADLINE: mid-June


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies.  SDSU is a founding campus member led by The City College of The City University of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Hampton University (HU), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (UPRM) and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP).  The mission of the CESSRST is to educate, train and graduate a new, diverse, competent generation of students skilled in STEM including in areas of interest to NOAA including in mission-aligned STEM, social science, and “Big Data” disciplines through participation in state-of-the-art research. CESSRST supports NOAA’s mission “to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs”.  A key objective of CESSRST research projects is to inspire students to engage in interdisciplinary research that supports NOAA’s role in environmental science, service and stewardship.  Funding is provided for undergraduate, MS, and Ph.D. students working in ecosystem science, social science, and big data in ecology, mathematics, and geography.  For more information contact Dr. Walter Oechel at or visit and



Bank of America, in collaboration with the Research Foundation, have provided a two-year grant that will support Hispanic/Latinx students preparing for careers in health care. The program is housed in the office of Hispanic Serving Institution affairs and is being led by program coordinator and retention specialist, Wendy Mejia.

The goal of SDSU Progresando en Salud are to: provide paid opportunities for participants to engage in crucial extracurricular career experiences, programming opportunities that facilitate pathways for health career success and allow students to reconnect with the Hispanic/Latinx community, and ensure deliberate and ample utilization of retention and student success resources. The collective goal is to advance the representation and impact of Hispanic/Latinx learners who seek to serve their communities in the critical arena of health care. For more information, please email 

To join the program, please complete this brief form: Schedule a session with the program coordinator and retention specialist: