The Research Mentorship Program (RMP) engages high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. The program prepares students for exceptional achievement in higher education by immersing them in challenging and compelling subject matter, exposing them to the rewards of discovering new knowledge resulting directly from their hard work, and affording opportunities to interact with like-minded young students and professionals who share academic and research interests. Gifts to support the RMP Scholarship Fund ensure that this transformational experience remains available for every qualified student who wants to participate, regardless of his or her financial resources.
RMP Alumni Spotlight
“Without the help of generous donors, I wouldn’t have been able to partake in such an impactful journey as RMP. I was raised by a single mother who risked everything when we moved from Myanmar to the US when I was nine years old. I was the only person in my family on track for college. My RMP experience offered so much more than high school – it constantly challenged me. I still talk with friends from Turkey and Thailand about how our RMP experience contributed to our academic success.”
“Before participating in the Research Mentorship Program, I didn’t really understand the meaning of “lasting connections”. The RMP team has provided me with significant guidance – from choosing my major to connecting me with RMP alumni at UC Berkeley. My former faculty and graduate student mentors have even taken time out of their demanding schedules to offer reassurance and to discuss what it truly means to be a chemical engineer. I was floored by the support RMP gave me.”
“I'm so glad RMP gave me the opportunity to contribute to a research project that has the potential to help millions of people in the future. RMP taught me that the media portrays research as something easy and fast, where in fact it's not. Research is tedious and time-consuming, but that is what makes it enjoyable. The fact that you can fail so many times and learn something new from your mistakes after every attempt to perfect a process, is what makes research appealing to me.”
“In my family, I am a pioneer. Nobody has ever graduated from a four-year university, or sparked an interest in STEM. I’m not able to go home and receive help on my homework, and this year I won’t receive help with my college applications. But that’s the great thing about the Research Mentorship Program – during the six week duration, not only was I able to learn about the evolutionary mechanisms of yeast, but I learned about college life. I asked the seven undergraduate students in my laboratory which colleges they considered and why, and I asked my mentor about balancing academics with extracurricular activities. The RMP scholarship prepared me to succeed as a first-generation college student.”
"The smiles, the dreams, and the possibilities - they are all there during UCSB's Research Mentorship Program. We value sharing our blessings with first-generation and low-income students to help make their educational dreams come true. By supporting RMP, we promote the aspirations of the talented and motivated youth of our community. Helping to open the door of opportunity is an unbelievable honor that we look forward to every year!"