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Unique to Thurgood Marshall College, the Marshall Mentor Program is a year-long program providing transfer students the opportunity to work closely with faculty who will share their knowledge and experience in order to better equip students for study at UC San Diego. Faculty mentors are carefully matched with Marshall transfer students based on their interests, field of study and educational goals. Originally launched in Fall 2006, the program has served over 600 students.


“Many of the experiences I had at UCSD stemmed from my participation in the Marshall Mentor Program. I overcame my hesitation and anxiety about applying for the program and was rewarded with the opportunity to speak with a respected faculty member, administrative staff, and the Provost. The program made me, as a transfer student, feel that much more connected to my college…” –Trang Nguyen, MMP Participant 2018-2019


Marshall College currently supports over 1,800 active transfer students. The mission of the Marshall Mentor Program is to:

  • increase student interaction with faculty.
  • equip transfer students with the necessary tools to be academically successful.
  • provide students exposure to an expert faculty member in their area of study.
  • build and strengthen leadership skills.
  • educate students about University resources to assist in assimilating to life on campus and becoming more engaged.

How does the program work?

  • Open to all transfer students enrolled in Thurgood Marshall College who started in Fall 2018.
  • Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will go live on February 18, 2019.
  • Students will be invited for a brief interview with staff to discuss their expectations for the program. 
  • Students will be notified of acceptance, within two weeks of their interview with staff members. 
  • Applicants that are accepted are required to make a commitment to attend all scheduled activities during the academic year and meet all program requirements.
  • Students are matched with faculty based on major, academic interests and other identified criteria.
  • Faculty mentors will work with a maximum of three transfer students and may conduct meetings individually as well as in groups.
  • Mentees must meet with their faculty mentor, a minimum of three times per quarter during fall, winter, and spring.
  • MMP staff will notify students in late April, via their UC San Diego student email, of interview results.

Calendar of Events

Program calendar:

  • MMP application period opens on February 18, 2019 and will close on Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Student interviews scheduled in early spring quarter (Weeks 1/2)
  • Mandatory student orientation – (more information coming soon)
  • Students notified of acceptance status – Summer 2019
  • Program begins – Fall Quarter of 2019
  • Faculty orientation lunch - (more information coming soon)
  • Program ends - early June 2020


MMP hosts key events during the academic year for all faculty and students participating in the program including mixers, luncheons, special college event receptions, etc.

What is a Faculty Mentor?

A faculty mentor is a professor interested in cultivating vital, academic connections with new Marshall College transfer students. Participating faculty— closely aligned with the student's area of study— will connect with a maximum of three transfer students acting as a guide and a resource throughout the current academic year. Mentors can meet with their students during office hours, over coffee or in their research facilities.

Mentor relationships are a fantastic opportunity to use your talent, knowledge, and ideas to make a difference in a student’s academic growth and development. As a mentor, you will find yourself being a guide, a networking resource and a coach reinforcing positive accomplishments. You have the opportunity to encourage and guide an incoming transfer student in a direction that will enhance their academic career.

If you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor email

Faculty mentors benefit from:

  • full staff support through-out the program.
  • recognition by Marshall College on the Marshall College website homepage.
  • visibility to their respective department Chair with a letter from the Marshall College Provost stating his/her. contribution to the program and student population.
  • participation in Marshall College events through-out the academic year.
  • a small research stipend. 

What is a Student Mentee?

Mentees are newly enrolled Marshall College transfer students who have applied and been accepted into the MMP program. Mentees must be interested and dedicated to establishing and maintaining meaningful connections with UC San Diego faculty members.

Student mentees benefit from:

  • guidance, direction, advice, and encouragement from an accomplished UC San Diego faculty member in their area of study.
  • formal and informal networking opportunities.
  • participation in MMP hosted events throughout the academic year.
  • full support of a staff representative in the Academic Advising Office, Student Affairs Office and Provost Office.
  • recognition by Marshall College with a certificate of completion.

Meet the Team


Leslie Carver
Provost Thurgood Marshall College

Autumn Monteforte
College Operations Specialist
Phone: 858-534-4004

Michael Gangitano

Senior Academic Counselor
(858) 534-4110


Amber Vlasnik
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Phone: 858-534-4390

The 2019-20 student application period opens on February 18, 2019 and closes on March 11, 2019. Staff will review applications and will contact students within two weeks of the close of the application with an update on their status. Note - students are NOT automatically admitted into the program as we maintain a max enrollment limit. Students not admitted into the program are encouraged to pursue informal mentoring relationships with faculty and participate in the TMC peer mentor program "Each One Reach One."