HIGH AIMS provides academic, career and mentoring support to AAP students who are interested in gaining admission to health profession school. It is also designed to provide them with effective strategies to be successful in gateway science courses. It is a cohort program that will admit and support students for two years. Students must be in their first or second undergraduate year. Students will be required to participate in internships, research, Saturday Career seminars, program meetings, community service activities and workshops. HIGH AIMS is administered by the Academic Advancement Program’s (AAP) Office of Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs.

Program Prerequisites

Students seeking entry into the program must have completed two science gateway classes with a 2.5 average in all science courses and be currently in their first or second undergraduate year, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. They also must have a demonstrated interest in the health professions and in learning about health care issues and health disparities.

Program Eligibility Criteria

  1. A demonstrated interest in the health sciences as evidenced by volunteer, observation, or career exploration experiences
  2. A minimum overall and science GPA of 2.5
  3. Completed at least two “gateway science courses” (life science, chemistry, physics, math, etc.)
  4. Complete the online application
  5. Submit three unofficial copies of your most recent Transcript
  6. Submit two letters of recommendation – one from a science professor/TA and one from a counselor/employer
  7. Submit three  hard copies of your current financial aid award letter for award year 2019-2020.
  8. Write an essay describing why you want to be in the program and how they would address issues of health disparities
  9. Be interviewed by HIGH AIMS staff and faculty
  10. Students from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply

Program Requirements

Students selected to participate in HIGH AIMS must adhere to the following:

  1. Sign an agreement committing to the two year program and following all rules and expectations of the program
  2. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in all classes
  3. Participate in internships
  4. Attend regular meetings of HIGH AIMS staff and students
  5. Attend all academic and peer learning sessions
  6. Meet with assigned academic counselor twice each quarter to develop an academic plan and timetable for applying to a health profession school
  7. Attend HIGH AIMS workshops and monthly Saturday Career Information Sessions
  8. Participate in research with a UCLA faculty member or assigned mentor for at least one quarter
  9. Adhere to and meet all program deadlines

Note: Qualifying students will also be scheduled for an interview after applications are reviewed.

First and second year students are encouraged to apply.


Information Sessions

High AIMS Information Session 4-13-2020


NOTE: If you are not able to join either information session, they will be recorded and posted on this website afterwards.

For any questions or concerns, please email the High AIMS Intern, Maria Gonzalez, at mgonzalezhinojosa@college.ucla.edu

Program Administration

Dr. Charles J. Alexander
Director, Academic Advancement Program
Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity

Dr. Alice Ho
Director, AAP Graduate Mentor and Research Programs

Dr. Carolina San Juan
Assistant Director, AAP Graduate Mentor and Research Programs

Dr. Gerardo Moreno
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Kenrik Duru
Associate Professor in Residence
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Edmond Hewlett, Professor
Associate Dean of Outreach and Diversity
UCLA School of Dentistry

Dr. Vicki Mays, Professor
Department of Health Services
UCLA School of Public Health

Mr. Emmanuel Owaka
Lab Coordinator (Math-Science)
UCLA Academic Advancement Program

Mr. Albert (Al) Alexander, Academic Counselor
Academic Advancement Program

Dr. Nancy Reifel
Associate Professor
Dental Public Health
UCLA School of Dentistry

Ms. Emma Ledesma
Administrative Director, UCLA PRIME
David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Yzquierdo
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health