Research Mentorship Program

Alumni Resources

Your Research Mentorship Program experience may fly by, but the connections students form with their peers, mentor, program leadership, and UC Santa Barbara itself withstand the test of time. We value our alumni community and cherish opportunities to stay in touch, whether a student is seeking support as they navigate the next steps in their educational journey, or simply hoping to share ideas and conversation over a cup of coffee. The sections below highlight common ways that alumni continue to engage with RMP. 

Grades and Transcripts

RMP alumni can access their grades and order official UC Santa Barbara transcripts via GOLD.

  1. To access GOLD, go to the UCSB Registrar website.

  2. Click on the link to GOLD under "How to place an order".

  3. Enter your PERM and PIN numbers to log in.

    •  If you forgot your PERM number, please contact

    •  Your PIN number is the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.  If that number does not work, try 0000.

  4. Once in GOLD, select "Transcripts and Verification" which is located on the left-hand menu.

NOTE: Be sure to read the instructions carefully because you will have several options for delivery and the process is very specific. UCSBNetIDs are deactivated after six months of separation from the University. If you have any questions regarding how to access grades or order a transcript, please contact

Pre-college students eating lunch

Project Release (Including college applications)

In order to use or distribute research outside of UC Santa Barbara, RMP students must receive approval from the Mentor and Principal Investigator of the project, and the Director of Academic Programs. Such activities include, but are not limited to: competitions, publication to journals or online platforms (paper and video presentation), college applications, etc. This information was explicitly stated in the RMP Statement of Understanding. Failure to receive proper permission violates ethical standards in the research community and is subject to legal action. 

All consent requests must be submitted to RMP at least 3 weeks before the event or due date.

Note that students are required to submit one release request per actionable instance of project use; in other words, you should be able to describe concretely and in detail the purpose of each release request. 

pre-college students talking to program director Lina Kim in library

Submit the RMP Consent for Research Use form. Be ready to provide the following:

  • Your name and the year you participated in RMP.

  • The title of your research project and your Mentor's name.

  • Details on how you plan on using your research outside of RMP and UC Santa Barbara.

RMP will collect Mentor, Principal Investigator, and Pre-College Director consent signatures.

RMP will contact you via email once a final determination on your request has been made.

Letters of Recommendation

RMP students seeking letters of recommendation from mentors, teaching assistants, or the director of the program should consider the following:

Ask the potential recommender if he or she can write a supportive letter. In general, the best letters of recommendation are from people who have worked with you closely and have a positive opinion of you and your abilities.

Give the recommender plenty of time to write a good letter. It is customary to give them at least 3-4 weeks to work on this letter.  Be sure to include the deadline when arranging this request. You may send them a gentle and friendly reminder closer to the deadline, but don't nag!

Supplemental materials are important. You can help your recommender write a good letter for you by giving them a packet that includes items such as a resume, list of relevant accomplishments, etc.