October 30, 2009


SUBJECT:    Call for Mentors from Faculty Mentor Program at the Academic Enrichment Programs

I am writing to encourage you to participate in this yearís UCSD Faculty Mentor Program (FMP). As many of you know, FMP engages upper-division students in ongoing research by assigning each participant to a faculty member for the Winter and Spring Quarters. During this time, they serve as research assistants and commit to working a minimum of 10 hours a week on relevant tasks assigned by their mentors.

FMP has been in existence for more than 20 years and now has a distinguished history of enriching undergraduate education, enhancing studentsí competitiveness for admission to highly selective graduate or professional schools, and providing preparation for UCSD alumni to assume leadership roles in academia, the professions, public service, or other areas.

Students receive four units of 199 Independent Study credit for each quarter. In addition to assisting their professors, students write a research proposal and a final paper analyzing some aspect of their respective mentorís research project. At the end of the year, participating students present their findings at the annual Faculty Mentor Program Research Symposium.

Please consider participating in FMP and helping to nurture the next generation of scholars, physicians, professionals, and other advanced thinkers. Last year more than 130 students in a variety of disciplines refined their research skills and became more acute and insightful practitioners of the research process as a result of their participation in the program.

In order to help us match you with a qualified research assistant, please follow the link to the solicitation form and complete by November 30, 2009:

(please copy and paste this link into your browser)

For more information please contact Vailala Salazar, Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator, at

David Artis
Director, Undergraduate Research Initiatives