Partnership Scholars Program

Co-Directed by
Roland Wolkowicz, Ph.D.

SDSU Biology Department
Sheila Crowe, M.D.
UCSD Department of Medicine

Sponsored by National Cancer Institute Grant 5U54CA132379 &  U54CA132384


Our Mission is to grow the next generation of underrepresented research scientists and health professionals devoted to solving cancer health disparities by nurturing the academic success of undergraduates underrepresented in a range of disciplines, through hands-on training, workshops, and mentorships from San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

The Partnership Scholars Program is designed to educate scholars about cancer biology as well as social determinants of cancer prevention and treatment follow up and inspire them to apply their skills toward solving cancer health disparities.


What are the benefits?

The Partnership Scholars Program offers a paid 9-week summer internship with the possibility of continuing in a year-long mentoring program.

Scholars will:

  • Be awarded a stipend to conduct laboratory, behavioral, or public health research with SDSU and/or UCSD faculty members.
  • Attend workshops at UCSD covering cancer biology, health disparities, ethics and professional development.
  • Present their research project at an end-of-summer Scholar Poster Session at UCSD and at a university-sponsored research symposium (e.g., SRS at SDSU or Public Health Research Day at UCSD).
  • Have the opportunity to participate in year-round activities at SDSU in conjunction with the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) programs to improve their communication skills, build scientific networks, and enhance their ability to attain graduate-level education.


Who is eligible?

We are recruiting academically talented, undergraduate students from SDSU and UCSD who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. This includes, according to the National Cancer Institute, individuals with disabilities, individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

In addition, successful applicants will:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be a current student at the sophomore or junior level. Seniors are eligible only if they are not graduating this year and will be registering for classes in Fall 2019. (Students with 2 years of college remaining AND have completed pre-requisites/lower-division coursework in their major field of study are preferred.)
  • Be majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology or a similar area at SDSU.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average commensurate with acceptance to postgraduate degree programs
  • Have an interest in cancer research and solving health disparities
  • Be available to commit to the program for 9 full-time weeks during the summer
  • Have a goal of entering a graduate program in biomedical research science (MS, PhD), professional health (e.g. MD, DO, MSN, RN), public health (MPH), or behavioral health after graduation


How do I apply?

Applications are due on February 22nd, 2019.
An early application submission is highly recommended.
The Partnership Scholars Program dates will begin June 10th, 2019 and go until to August 9th, 2019.

Click here for application instructions.

If you would like further information, please contact:

Mercedes Quintana-Serrano
Partnership Scholars Coordinator