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Mentoring and Outreach

The goals of the IRACDA outreach/mentoring activities are to increase the number of students from our partner institutions that: 1) engage in authentic research at UCSD or 2) transfer to a 4-year institution, and 3) pursue graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral sciences. Our program also aims to enhance student scientific identity through mentoring and professional development activities.  

Mentoring activities at SDSU include participating in or leading Learning Communities and Panels/Workshops given in conjunction with SDSU’s CASA programs.  Activities include judging/mentoring the MARC/IMSD Undergraduate Research Symposium, moderating mock-graduate school interviews, facilitating journal clubs, and leading an Introduction to Research workshop.  

The San Diego IRACDA Program also leads an 8-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for City College Students at UCSD. Students will work with IRACDA Fellows to perform cutting-edge biomedical research and participate in weekly professional development activities designed and led by IRACDA Fellows.