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
“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 I didn'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.”
"RMP gave me the confidence to believe that I really can do anything I set my mind to as long as I don’t give up. I became a more open-minded individual; by realizing research is not always going to involve one specific field, but rather is a compilation of several different topics. I learned that where you come from or whatever your socioeconomic background might be does not dictate how smart you are or what you are capable of doing, as long as you use the resources you have, or create opportunities for yourself, and are willing to put in the time and effort necessary to achieve your goals."
"Being completely new to the field of materials science, I learned a fair amount for spending just a few weeks in it. But perhaps more importantly, I learned that research, even though it’s as hard as I expected it to be and then some, is not inaccessible, and that if I put my whole self into something for long enough, like other kids I’d heard about, I too could do great things."
"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!"