Research Education

Supporting the Next Generation of Underrepresented Research Scientists and Health Professionals

Our Mission is to grow the next generation of underrepresented research scientists and health professionals devoted to solving cancer health disparities by nurturing the academic success of undergraduates underrepresented in a range of disciplines. This includes hands-on research experience, presentation sessions on relevant topics, and mentorships by SDSU and UCSD faculty members.

The Partnership Scholars Program is designed to educate scholars about cancer biology as well as social determinants of cancer prevention and treatment follow up and inspire them to apply their skills toward solving cancer health disparities.

The Partnership Scholars Program is co-directed by Ricardo M. Zayas, PhD, Professor, SDSU Biology Department and Dennis Trinidad, PhD, Associate Professor, UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

The Program Contact is the Research Education Core Coordinator Mercedes Quintana-Serrano, MSc. You can reach her at or by calling 619-594-2613.

About the Program

The Partnership Scholars Program (PSP) accepts applications in the Winter Season. We are looking for academically talented undergraduate students from SDSU and UCSD. Please check this link to see if you are eligible to apply.