Training & Mentoring Program (TMP)

What Is It?

The IMPACT Training & Mentoring Program provides opportunities for SDSU undergraduate and masters-level students to participate in health disparities research involving a combination of educational presentations and trainings, community internships, special projects, and faculty mentoring. Students selected for the TMP will receive a monthly stipend for up to 20 hours per week for up to two years.

The goals of the TMP are to:

  • Increase cultural competency through awareness of health disparities and associated research;
  • Develop research, writing, and other skills necessary to advance in health-related fields; and
  • Provide opportunities for hands-on community involvement.


These goals will be met through:

  • Interactive student group experiences with peers
  • Mentoring by project staff, faculty, and research scientists
  • Special projects combining research and community involvement
  • Educational sessions, seminars, and workshops
  • Site visits to health agencies and organizations
  • Panel presentations by staff from various health agencies and organizations


TMP Students:

  • Students enrolled at SDSU
    • Undergraduate: 15 students
      • Minimum one year (or 24 units) completed at time of application
      • Minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Masters: 5 students
      • Started classes in a Masters-level program with an emphasis on health at time of application
      • Minimum GPA of 2.8(if first semester student, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8; if second semester or later, cumulative GPA of 2.8 for previous semester(s))
  • Students “underrepresented” in research:
    • Students of the following racial/ethnic groups
      • African American
      • Hispanic/Latino
      • Native American
      • Alaskan Native
      • Hawaiian Native
      • U.S. Pacific Island Native
    • Students with disabilities
    • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds
      • Family has annual income below established low-income threshold
      • From social, cultural, or educational environment (rural, inner city) that has inhibited you from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.
  • Students demonstrating an interest in exploring the field of community health research.


Goal for TMP Students:

Over the two-year period, students will participate in a combination of:

  1. Educational presentations and training sessions offered by IBACH research staff and investigators
  2. One or more IBACH health disparities research projects
  3. The development and implementation of a special health-focused research project
  4. Faculty mentoring sessions
  5. Panel presentations by and site visits to health agencies and organizations
  • The undergraduate TMP will focus on basic concepts of research and health disparities. Academic and career development activities will focus on maintaining academic success, increasing awareness of career and academic opportunities in the health field, and identifying a specific health area of interest.
  • The masters-level TMP will incorporate methodological and theoretical approaches of health disparities reasearch. Academic and career development will focus on thesis development and completion, identifying a specific health disparities career or academic path, and accomplishing academic and career goals.
  • TMP topics and activities may be adjusted depending on the academic, experience, and skill level of selected participants. Ongoing feedback from the student participants, mentors, and advisory committee may also result in adjustments to the program.
  • Location: Most of TMP participation during the first semester will take place at IBACH at 9245 Sky Park Court, San Diego, California, 92123. Future semesters will take place at a combination of IBACH and community locations depending on the selected community internship location.
  • Performance outcomes will be presented to the participants at the beginning of each semester and reviewed with the participant at the end of each semester. Participants are expected to maintain outcomes at a satisfactory level to remain in the program.
  • The two-year TMP program includes summer semesters for a total of 6 semesters.


How TMP students benefit:

Financial Assistance & Materials

  • Monthly stipend
  • All training materials and office supplies
  • Funds for travel & registration to scientific conferences
  • Funds to conduct special projects/research
  • Computer, printer, scanner and other office equipment available

Skills & Experience

  • Job interviewing, resume building, and application assistance
  • Writing skills (technical & scientific)
  • Data management (entry, coding, cleaning, and analysis)
  • Research methods application
  • Participation in research evaluation, intervention, and grant writing

Networking Skills

  • Blog access for IBACH staff and faculty
  • Attendance at community meetings
  • Exposure to world-renown researchers

Academic & Career Placement

  • Academic assistance & enrichment
  • Mentoring year-round (academic, career, research)
  • Panel presentations & field trips promoting health career opportunities
  • Letter of reference
  • Links to honors, awards, and other opportunities that promote academic and career advancement

Contact Information
IMPACT 9245 Sky Park Ct. Suite 224 San Diego, California 92123 T: (619) 594-4668 E: