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.

Arts (IN)itiative (ArtsIN) Scholars Program

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
  • Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  • Have a passion for the arts
  • Have the motivation to engage in independent research
  • Be interested in learning about graduate or professional school programs
Application Due:       Fall Quarter

Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Program

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
  • Be an AAP undergraduate student enrolled full-time at UCLA
  • Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  • Have the motivation to engage in independent research
  • Express an interest in graduate or professional school in social welfare, public policy, urban planning or public health
  • Demonstrate academic potential for graduate study
Application Due: Fall Quarter

Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) Program

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
  • Be AAP students
  • Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  • Plan to apply to graduate/professional programs within the field of Education
  • Have interest in conducting independent research
  • Demonstrate commitment to working in underserved communities
Application Due: Fall Quarter

High Achievement in Math and Science (High AIMS) Program

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
  • A demonstrated interest in the health sciences as evidenced by volunteer, observation, or career exploration experiences
  • A minimum overall and science GPA of 2.5
  • Completed at least two “gateway science courses” (life science, chemistry, physics, math, etc.)
  • Complete the online application
  • Submit three unofficial copies of your most recent Transcript
  • Submit two letters of recommendation – one from a science professor/TA and one from a counselor/employer
  • Submit three  hard copies of your current financial aid award letter for award year 2018-19.
  • Write an essay describing why you want to be in the program and how they would address issues of health disparities
  • Be interviewed by HIGH AIMS staff and faculty
  • Students from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply
Application Due: Spring Quarter

McNair Research Scholars Program

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:

  • Be a low-income ANDfirst generation college student
  • Be a member of an underrepresented group within graduate education

Students must also:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a currently enrolled UCLA undergraduate student majoring in the humanities or social sciences
  • Be a third-year or a transfer student who has completed between 90 and 175 units by Fall of the application year
  • Demonstrate academic potential for graduate study
  • Be available during the McNair Summer Research Institute (typically Summer Session A)
Application Due: Fall Quarter

Research Rookies

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
  • AAP Members or be in the process of applying to AAP
  • In their sophomore year
  • Interested in the arts, humanities, or social sciences
Application Due: Fall Quarter

UndocuBruins Research Program

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
  • AAP undocumented students
  • Have junior or senior year standing at the time of applying
  • Interested in applying to Master’s or Ph.D. programs in any field
Application Due: Fall Quarter

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.

Director, Academic and Research Programs, McNair Research Scholars Program


Carolina San Juan, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs


Liliana Islas, Ph.D.

Assist Director, McNair Research Scholars Program

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Office Coordinator


Graduate Student Mentors

Natalie Santizo, M.S.

Natalie Santizo, M.S.

Summer General Mentor/Social Sciences Mentor


Yuliana Garcia, M.S.

Yuliana Garcia, M.S.

Grad Prep Coordinator


Larry McDaniel, M.S.Ed.

Grad Prep Coordinator


Student Office Assistants

Niabi Campbell

Niabi Campbell


Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith


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

Applications 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 

General Mentor (Humanities) | App due Fri. August  2nd at noon – General_Graduate Mentor Application Humanities_2019-20

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

McNair Research Scholars Mentor – McNair_Graduate Mentor Application_2019_2020