Are you thinking about applying to graduate or professional school? The Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs Office can help!


AAP Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs (GMRP) offer AAP students the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic preparation in the social sciences, arts, and humanities.  GMRP is committed to social justice and to the transformation of the academy. In this effort, a special emphasis is made to increase the number of low-income and ethnically underrepresented students in graduate or professional school and in professional academic and research positions. We also encourage students to participate in service learning opportunities and community-based research projects in order to transform their undergraduate experience.


Our free services are open to all AAP students and alumni.  Those services include:

  • One-on-one mentoring with a currently enrolled UCLA graduate student;
  • Review of statements of purpose and other professional school admissions essays;
  • Resource library; and
  • Workshops on graduate school programs, entrance exams, and application processes.

Graduate and Professional School Mentoring

Graduate Mentors work closely with UCLA students and alumni who wish to enter graduate and professional school, assisting them in planning appropriate undergraduate courses, identifying existing graduate and professional programs that fit their interests, and encouraging them to participate in co-curricular activities.  Along with this support, the mentors walk students through the entire application process: from writing a letter of intent, asking for letters of recommendation, to taking the appropriate tests and preparing for interviews.

The GMRP Office also sponsors several research programs for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  These programs receive funding from the UCLA Division of Undergraduate Education, the US Department of Education, and/or the Academic Advancement Program. GMRP is offering the following cohort-based research programs.

AAP Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs Office
1202 Campbell Hall
T: (310) 794-4186
F: (310) 206-3189

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm


Alice Ho, Ph.D.

AAP Mentoring Program and Research Programs

Ifeoma Amah, Ph.D.
Associate Director

AAP Mentoring Program and Research Programs

Liliana Islas, M.A.
Assistant Director, McNair Research Scholars Program or

Brittany Wallace
Office Coordinator

Grad Mentors

Magali Campos
Educators for Tomorrow Coordinator

John Tran
High Achievement in Math and Science Mentor

Channel McLewis
McNair Scholars Mentor

Latana Thaviseth
Research Rookies Coordinator

Ricardo Reyes
Graduate Mentor – Law

Bianca Lizarraga
Graduate Mentor – Pre-Med and Health Sciences

Luis Aviles
McNair Scholars Mentor

Abraham Calderon
Graduate Mentor – Social Sciences

Mary Senyonga
Research Rookies Coordinator

Bernadett Leggis
Community Development and Social Justice Mentor

Tiffany Tran
Graduate Mentor – Pre-Health Science and Public Health

Tonia Guida
McNair Scholars Mentor

Shawntel Okonkwo
Graduate Mentor –  Sciences

Yadira Valencia
UndocuBruins Research Program Coordinator

Rahel Waldebager
Arts Initiative Coordinator

Gianna Ramos
High Achievement in Math and Science Mentor

Need help with your graduate school application?

Whether you are a currently enrolled student or an AAP alumnus, the Graduate Mentoring and Research Program is available to help make your transition to graduate school smoother! We can offer you practical information that will assist you with the application process. We have handouts and downloadable course materials for your convenience. Applying to graduate school is an exciting and terrifying adventure; don’t do it alone!

Graduate and Professional School Resource Library

The GMRP Graduate and Professional School Resource Library has graduate and professional school application resources that you can borrow free of cost at any time during the year. For more information about the resources available, please stop by our office in 1202 Campbell Hall or call us at (310) 794-4186.

GRE Fee Reduction: Graduate Record Exam

You may qualify for a GRE fee reduction*!

  • Students must present a valid Bruin Card ID to the Financial Aid office personnel
  • Financial Aid will then verify that the student is eligible based on need for the fee reduction
  • If eligible, the student will receive a fee reduction form for you to complete and submit to the Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Once completed, mail the form and the reduced fee amount to the Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • ETS will then mail the student a voucher to register for the GRE exam

*Note: This process could take at least a month so plan ahead.

Graduate Student Staff Application

Thank you for your interest in a graduate student position with the Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs (GMRP) office during the Academic Year 2019-2020 .

General Information

Application for the Academic Year 2019-2020 is NOW available. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on the availability of positions.

Eligibility Criteria: Currently enrolled UCLA graduate student during the time of appointment with a minimum GPA of 3.0, making normal progress towards the graduate degree as outlined by Graduate Division and departmental guidelines, and enrollment in a minimum of 12 units for each quarter of appointment.

Available Positions 

McNair GRE Tutor (summer 2019 ONLY) | App due Fri. May 24th at 5pm  – McNair GRE Tutor Application, summer 19

McNair Research Scholars Mentor (summer 2019) | App due Fri. May 24th at 5pm – McNair_Graduate Mentor Application_summer 2019

General Mentor (Social Sciences) –  General_Graduate Mentor Application_2019-20

General Mentor (Law) – Law_Graduate Mentor Application_2019-20

General Mentor (Pre-Med/Pre-Health) – PreMedPreHealth_Graduate Mentor Application_2019-20

Arts (In)itiative Coordinator – ArtsIN_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020

Community Development & Social Justice Scholars Coordinator – CDSJ_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020

Educators for Tomorrow Coordinator – EFT_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020

McNair Research Scholars Mentor – McNair_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020

Research Rookies Coordinator – Research Rookies_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020