Partnership Scholars | Cancer Center Partnership

Partnership Scholars Program


The Partnership Scholars Program offers a paid 10-week summer internship with the possibility of continuing in a year-long mentoring program. Scholars will:

  • Be awarded a stipend to conduct laboratory, behavioral, or public health research with SDSU and/or UCSD faculty members.
  • Attend workshops at UCSD covering cancer biology, health disparities, ethics and professional development.
  • Present their research project at an end-of-summer Scholar Poster Session at UCSD and at a university-sponsored research symposium (e.g., SRS at SDSU or Public Health Research Day at UCSD).
  • Have the opportunity to participate in year-round activities at SDSU in conjunction with the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) programs to improve their communication skills, build scientific networks, and enhance their ability to attain graduate-level education.

Who is eligible?

We are recruiting academically talented, undergraduate students from SDSU who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. This includes, according to the National Cancer Institute, individuals with disabilities, individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups such as African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
In addition, successful applicants will:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be a current student at the sophomore or junior level. Seniors are eligible only if they are not graduating this year and will be registering for classes in Fall 2018. (Students with 2 years of college remaining AND have completed pre-requisites/lower-division coursework in their major field of study are preferred.)
  • Be majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology or a similar area at SDSU.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average commensurate with acceptance to postgraduate degree programs
  • Have an interest in cancer research and solving health disparities
  • Be available to commit to the program for 10 full-time weeks during the summer
  • Have a goal of entering a graduate program in biomedical research science (MS, PhD), professional health (e.g. MD, DO, MSN, RN), public health (MPH), or behavioral health after graduation

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted each year on a rolling basis and are due on February 15th, 2018. An early application submission is highly recommended. The Partnership Scholars Program will begin on May 18th, 2018 and go until to July 27th, 2018.

Only SDSU students are eligible. You must submit a COMPLETE application packet by Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm, which MUST include ALL of the following:

  • Cancer Research Partnership Scholars Program Application: To download the application please click here.
  • Partnership Scholar Application
  • 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 AND unofficial transcripts from all other colleges attended if their GPAs are included in your overall GPA calculation on your SDSU transcript. Official transcripts are required if GPAs from other college coursework are not included in the calculation of overall GPA from SDSU.
  • Financial Aid Records: Obtain a copy of your current year Award Statement, if applicable, from
  • 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 Daniel Barlam at attachments of the following:

  1. Completed application in PDF form
  2. Personal statement
  3. Unofficial SDSU transcript, plus additional transcripts if applicable
  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:

Daniel Barlam
Partnership Scholars Program Coordinator
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
College of Sciences, GMCS Room 321
San Diego, CA 92182-1016
If you would like further information, please contact:
Daniel Barlam
Partnership Scholars Coordinator