The IDEA Engineering Student Center's Transfer Engineering Academic Mentorship (TEAM) Program pairs incoming transfer engineering students in the Jacobs School of Engineering with upperclassmen transfer students. This free program is for engineering students who transferred from either a 2 and/or 4 year College/University.

The TEAM program is designed to assist new transfer students (Mentees) in making a successful adjustment to UC San Diego as an engineering student. Mentees will be paired with a Transfer Mentor who will provide you with resources, experience, and the opportunity to connect with other transfer students. The program is flexible and designed to help you make the most of your experience at UC San Diego, as well as provide you with opportunities to build strong connections with the engineering community!

Program Goals

  • Provide individual guidance and mentorship to ease the transition of engineering students transferring to UC San Diego to continue their undergraduate studies
  • Welcome incoming transfer students into the Jacobs School of Engineering community by fostering relationships with fellow students, staff, and faculty.
  • Connect participants with the important resources and guidance that support the success of all students at UC San Diego
  • Create a space for engineering students with similar experiences to learn from each other

Program Dates

  • TEAM is a year-long academic program that starts in Fall of each year and extends through the duration of the academic year.
  • Application Period: August 17, 2017 – September 24, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. for mentors.
  • Application Period: August 17, 2017 – September 26, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. for mentees.
  • Those selected for the program will be notified by September 29, 2017
  • First group event (mentor and mentee introduction and information session) October 2, 2017 at 5:30pm

“Visiting a company and meeting engineering professionals who were similar to me and who also started off at a community college was really inspiring and motivating.”

“Connecting with a transfer engineering student right away, who was in my majorand took the courses I would soon be enrolling in, really helped my transition to engineering. It also helped because my mentor introduced me to faculty in mymajor and even brought me to her research lab, where now I am working!”

“Being a veteran student, it was valuable having another veteran engineeringstudent as my mentor. He could relate to me on so many levels and we really formed a lasting bond. We were able to connect on technical skills the militarytrains you on and were able to use those skills directly in our major”.

Program Expectations/Requirements

  • Attend 2 group meetings per quarter
  • Meet with mentor at least once per quarter
  • Prepare a two- or three- year plan to informally review with your mentor at the beginning of the program

Program Benefits

  • Make connections and build a network of support at UCSD by meeting other new transfer students, continuing students, graduate students, faculty, industry professionals, and more!
  • Get insider advice on classes that your advisors won’t be able to provide, such as tips on what electives to take, or suggestions on professors and when to take classes from current students in your major
  • Talk about your experiences and get support from someone who has already gone on a similar path
  • Get practice talking to professionals – both academic and industry
  • Learn how to gain experience and how to get involved
  • Free food!

Program Eligibility

  • Transfer student coming from 2- or 4-year college/university admitted for Fall quarter at UCSD

Apply Today!

Mentee Application

Program Expectations/Requirements

  • Attend 2 group meetings per quarter
  • Meet with mentee at least once per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Be proactive in planning meetings and arrangements with mentees
  • Flexibility with meetings and mentorship style
    • Be able to meet with students one-on-one, or in groups, depending on scheduling and the preference of the MENTEES (not the mentor)

Program Benefits

  • Expand your network of graduate, current, and incoming students
  • Participate in tours, professional development, social events, and networking opportunities
  • Establish connections with faculty and industry through networking events, tours, and seminars
  • Rewarding experience of being a leader and mentor – provide invaluable resources for incoming students to help with their transition, expose new students to resources and introduce major and classes to them, and provide advice and tips for core classes and electives!
  • Free food!

Program Eligibility

  • 2.7 GPA minimum, or circumstances that would indicate overall success despite lower GPA
  • Must be a continuing transfer student who has been at UCSD for at least 1 year
  • Must be willing to take an active role in planning meetings and interactions with your mentee

Apply Today!

Mentor Application