• Marsha-Kay Hutchinson, Howard University student, studying breast cancer in Dr. Marion Sewer's Pharmacology lab
  • Joy Rosa Jackson, Howard University Student, conducting cardiovascular research in Dr. Kelly Frazer’s genetics lab
  • Present your research at the UC San Diego Summer Research Conference
  • Learn about the UC San Diego graduate school application process from distinguished faculty
  • Attend workshops and lectures about graduate school at UC San Diego
  • Work hard and have fun in beautiful San Diego
  • Meet other HBCU students
  • Improve your scores with a GRE preparation course
  • Make new friends while building trust at the UC San Diego Challenge Course
  • Make new friends from all over the country and world
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Applications will be reviewed and selections made by the UCSD Howard Partnership PI, co-PI, and associated UC San Diego and Howard University faculty mentors.  Applications will be due on November 19, 2017 with selections made by December 1.


In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following documents: 

  • Personal Statement (500 words) addressing the following points:
    • How did you become interested in your field of study?
    • What are your educational and career goals?
    • What experiences have contributed toward your preparation for your educational and career goals?
    • What are your research interests?
    • Why are you applying to the UC San Diego Howard Partnership Program?
    • How are you a “match” for the UC San Diego Howard Partnership Program?
    • Optional: Describe background characteristics that may have placed you at an educational disadvantage (English language learner, family economic history, lack of educational opportunity, disability, etc.)
  • CV/Resume
  • A copy of current Academic Transcripts (unofficial are OK)
In addition, two (2) letters of recommendation should be  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or mailed to the Graduate Division, 9500 Gilman Drive MC 0003, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0003.
  • Letters of Recommendation can be from a counselor, faculty member, research mentor, or principal investigator. The letter should address the following questions:
    • What is your relationship to the applicant? Please include information on how long you have known the applicant and the extent of your interactions.
    • What is the applicant’s current research topic? If not actively involved in research, what are the applicant’s interests?
    • Please comment on the applicant’s academic merit including his/her aptitude for pursuing a Ph.D.
    • In your opinion, why and how would the applicant benefit from participating in the UC San Diego Howard Partnership Program?
    • What is it about the applicant that leads you to recommend him/her for the UC San Diego Howard Partnership Program?


A second summer of participation is strongly encouraged to deepen the participant's research experience in a particular lab, with the aim of becoming a co-author on a publication and increasing their competitiveness for graduate admissions.  In the event that a participant is applying for a second summer at UC San Diego one of the two letters of recommendation must be from the UC San Diego faculty mentor from the previous summer.  

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