Partnership Scholars Program


Only SDSU and UCSD BSPH students are eligible.

SDSU students: applications are CLOSED. UCSD BSPH students, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet by Friday, April 7th 2017 at 11:59 pm, which MUST include ALL of the following:

      • Cancer Research Partnership Scholars Program Application:  To download the application please click here.
      • 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 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 UCSD TritonLink AND unofficial transcripts from all other colleges attended if their GPAs are included in your overall GPA calculation on your SDSU/UCSD transcript. Official transcripts are required if GPAs from other college coursework are not included in the calculation of overall GPA from SDSU/UCSD.
      • Financial Aid Records: Obtain a copy of your current year Award Statement, if applicable, from www.sa.sdsu.edu/fao/index.html (SDSU) or https://students.ucsd.edu/my-tritonlink/tools/(UCSD)
      • Letters of Recommendation; TWO confidential letters/reference forms, at least one of which is from a faculty member within your major who can address your intellectual and personal suitability for this program. If you have previously participated in a research program, a letter from your supervisor would be very helpful. Download the Confidential Reference Form.

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

Please email Jennifer Suggs at jsuggs@mail.sdsu.edu attachments of the following:

      1. Completed application in PDF form
      2. Personal statement
      3. Unofficial SDSU or UCSD transcript
      4. Financial aid summary.

Letters of recommendation/reference forms must be emailed or mailed directly from the person making the recommendation. 

Official transcripts may be mailed or delivered to:

Sanford Bernstein, Ph.D.
c/o Jennifer Suggs, Partnership Scholars Program Coordinator
Biology Department
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-4614

If you would like further information, please contact:

Jennifer Suggs
Partnership Scholars Coordinator
jsuggs@mail.sdsu.edu