Partnership Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022, at 11:59 PM (PST)..

Partnership Scholars Program Application Package

A successful application will submit the following documents

  1. PSP Application Form (to be filled by the applicant)

To be completed by the applicant through our online survey platform

Please review our 2022 PSP Application Form Preview Document to preview the application form.

Please have ready the following documents/information to upload in the PSP application form:

  • College Transcripts- Please prepare a single PDF in chronological order of ALL the institutions attended (from the freshman year to the recent year). Unofficial transcripts are accepted. If submitting a physical transcript, please scan your transcript and add it in a single PDF package along with all other transcripts. SDSU/UCSD transcripts must reflect Fall quarter/semester grades.
  • 2021/22 Financial Aid Award Statement- Please submit a copy of your current year Award Statement, if applicable, from (SDSU) or (UCSD).
  • Personal Statement (limit 2 pages, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12pt Arial font) 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 underrepresented individuals’ participation (ethnic minority, disabled, first-generation college students, socio-economically challenged, LGBTQ). It is expected that Partnership Scholars will complete the BA/BS degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If applicable, (i) please explain any discrepancy between your grades in academic coursework and your potential.

References- List the contact information in your PSP Application Form of the two people who will write your letter of recommendation.  At least one of these references should be from a faculty member within your field of study OR an academic advisor who may know you well and can attest to your interest in cancer research. Teacher assistants, work managers, volunteer leaders, and others may be considered for the second letter of recommendation. All references must be submitted by the person writing the recommendation at  


Please note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all letters of recommendation are submitted through our confidential reference form by the deadline, Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:59 PM (PST). Please let your recommenders know in advance of our deadline and email Mercedes Quintana-Serrano, the program coordinator, to confirm your letters have been successfully submitted. 

2. Confidential References

To be completed by your listed references through our online survey platform:

Please have the two people listed under your references submit their letters of recommendation using our Confidential Reference Survey Platform

All references must be submitted by the application deadline of Friday, March 11, 2022, 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 format 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 ability for carrying on the advanced study, particularly regarding 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


To check the submission status of a recommendation, please email our program coordinator at

It is your responsibility to contact your recommenders, so your references submit their letters on time. 


Please do one of the following:

  1. Visit our FAQ
  2. Email your questions to our program coordinator: Mercedes Quintana-Serrano,
  3. Schedule a virtual meeting with our coordinator:
  4. Attend one of our Weekly Virtual Info Sessions on Wednesday’s at 6 pm from January 5 to February 23:


For More Information:

Review our Program’s Information Video 

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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