Partnership Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Friday, February 28th, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST 2020. 

Letters of Recommendation Deadline: Monday, March 2nd, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST

Only SDSU and UCSD students are eligible.

Partnership Scholars Program Application Package

A successful application will submit the following documents

       1. Student Application (to be filled by the applicant)

To be completed by the applicant through our online survey platform

Please have ready the following documents to submit with your application:

  • Personal Statement describing (a) your personal and family background, b) your research interests and/or experiences, c) future educational and professional goals, d) how cancer-related and/or health disparity research fits into your career plans, and e) how these make you a good fit for our program. Also, describe (f) your community involvement, extracurricular activities and/or memberships in student or professional organizations and (g) any honors/awards or scholarships received.  Further, explain (h) how your selection as a Partnership Scholar will enhance the participation of underrepresented individuals (ethnic minority, disabled, first in the family to college, socio-economically challenged). It is expected that Partnership Scholars will complete the BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If applicable, (i) also please explain any discrepancy between your grades in academic coursework and your potential. Limit to two (2) pages.
  • Transcript(s): A copy of your unofficial transcript(s) from the SDSU WebPortal or from the UCSD TritonLink AND unofficial transcripts from all other colleges attended if their GPAs are included in your overall GPA calculation on your transcript. Official transcripts are required if GPAs from other college coursework are not included in the calculation of overall GPA. All transcripts must be submitted in a single PDF document, in chronological order per institution attended.
  • Financial Aid Records: Obtain a copy of your current year Award Statement, if applicable, from (SDSU) or from (UCSD).
  • References: List two references that will be submitting a Confidential Reference Form and letter of recommendation on your behalf.
    • At least one of these references must be from a faculty member within your field of study, OR an academic advisor from a program such as EOP, MESA, Compact Scholars, etc. who knows you well and can attest of your interest in cancer research.
    • If you have participated in a research project, one of the letters would likely be from your research director/supervisor.
    • Teaching assistants (TAs) or graduate/postdoctoral students will not count towards the faculty/academic advisor reference requirement
    • Recommendations must be submitted directly by the person making the recommendation. Make sure your recommender submits their letter and answers the confidential reference form from the following link at

      2.  Confidential Reference Form (to be filled by your recommenders)

Please have the two recommenders listed under your references fill in a Confidential Reference Form at

All Confidential Reference forms must be submitted by the application deadline of Monday, March 2nd, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST. There will be no exceptions.

Your recommender must fill in the following information in the confidential reference form:

  1. Applicant’s Information– Full name, undergraduate major, email (to match student’s application)
  2. Recommender’s Information– Full name, title, institution/organization, department/field, email address, phone number, relationship to the applicant
  3. Student Rankings- Please rank the applicant with regard to other undergraduate students (or employees, volunteers, etc.) at the same educational and/or experience level
  4. Letter of Recommendation– Please attach a letter in PDF form that discusses (a) Specific details and/or examples of the applicant’s skills that demonstrate the potential to become a future researcher in cancer/ cancer disparities (b) How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant (c) applicant’s capacity for student carrying on the advanced study, particularly in regard to scientific or behavioral cancer‐related research (d) applicant’s weakest points (e) special considerations that should be taken into account in planning for the student’s research activities

It is your responsibility to advise our office of any change in mailing address, telephone numbers or e-mail addresses.



Please do one of the following:

  1. Visit our FAQ.
  2. Attend a PSP Spring Information Session.
  3. Contact Mercedes Quintana-Serrano at if you have any other questions or concerns regarding not answered above, or make an appointment to meet in person:


Mercedes Quintana-Serrano
Partnership Scholars Program Coordinator
Office Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
College of Sciences, GMCS Room 321C
San Diego, CA 92182-1016