AAP Graduate Mentoring (GM) offers AAP students the opportunity to obtain valuable research-oriented academic preparation in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. GM 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.
Graduate and Professional School Mentoring Services
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.
Our free services are open to all AAP students and alumni. 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.
AAP Graduate Mentoring
1202 Campbell Hall
T: (310) 794-4186
F: (310) 206-3189
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Please note that Graduate Mentoring Drop In Hours and the Virtual Front Desk are currently closed for the Summer break and will reopen in the Fall quarter.
To meet with a Graduate Student Mentor, please complete the Graduate Mentoring Appointment Request Form.
We look forward to seeing you!
Schedule An Appointment:
The GM 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. GM is offering the following cohort-based research programs.
The Arts Initiative (Arts IN) Program is specifically designed for AAP juniors and seniors who have the passion for the arts and the desire to engage in interdisciplinary research within the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the arts are highly encouraged to apply.
|Program Website:||Arts (IN)itiative Program|
|Applications Open:||Fall 2021|
The Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Program provides AAP undergraduate juniors and seniors with a service learning opportunity that integrates research and community-based practice in preparation for graduate study in social welfare, public policy, urban planning, and public health.
|Program Website:||Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Program|
|Applications Due:||November 19th @ 12 pm|
Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) Program is dedicated to assisting new generations of educators who are committed to academic excellence, access, opportunity, and equity for underrepresented and underserved communities. The program seeks students who wish to research and pursue careers in the following areas of K-16: teaching, student affairs, higher education administration, or educational policy.
|Program Website:||Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) Program|
|Applications Open:||Fall 2021|
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 Website:||High Achievement in Math and Science (High AIMS) Program|
|Applications Open:||Spring 2021|
The UCLA McNair Research Scholars Program was established at UCLA in 2003 as a two-year research-based intensive program that prepares undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to apply to and excel in the best graduate school programs in the country.
|Program Website:||McNair Research Scholars Program|
|Eligibility:||Students must meet one of the following criteria:
Students must also:
|Applications Due:||November 15, 2021 @ 12 pm|
The purpose of the Research Rookies Program is to foster interest in research and demystify the research process within the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
|Program Website:||Research Rookies|
|Applications Due:||November 17th @ 12 pm|
The UndocuBruins Research Program guides undocumented AAP students in their junior or senior year to develop research experience and their graduate school goals. Participants undertake a research project under the guidance of a graduate mentor and a faculty mentor. UndocuBruins will also develop their graduate school applications- curriculum vita, draft personal and professional statements, learn how to obtain strong letters of recommendation, etc. Students who are interested in graduate school and who would like to learn about how to conduct academic research are strongly encouraged to apply.
|Program Website:||UndocuBruins Research Program|
|Applications Open:||Fall 2021|
Need help with your graduate school application?
Whether you are a currently enrolled student or an AAP alumnus, the Graduate Mentoring 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
**Currently being transitioned to an online resource library**
The GM 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*! Visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website for more information and qualifications:
*Note: This process could take a couple of weeks so please plan ahead.
Pre-Med/Pre-Health Student Manual
Put together by students for students, consider checking out our AAP Pre-Med/Pre-Health Manual.
Graduate Student Mentors
- Diana Alfaro
Carter Huggins Community Development & Social Justice Program Coordinator
- Moriah Denton
- David Ho
High Aims Mentor
- Larry McDaniel, M.S. Ed
Grad School Advisor
- Arushi Singh
Arts Initiative Coordinator
|Carolina San Juan, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Mentoring