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

All applications are closed for the 2018-19 school year. They will re-open OPEN in late August.

Michael Hanson, Environmental Engineering

Michael Hanson

I graduated from high school in Cornwall, New York in 2013. I went to community college for a year and a half at Rockland Community College and failed almost all of my classes due to a lack of motivation. After that I decided to move to San Diego and start over. I attended San Diego Mesa and Miramar college while I figured out what path I wanted to take. I took my previous failures in New York and used them as fuel to push me in my new endeavors here in San Diego. I applied to UC San Diego for admission in Fall 2018 with a 3.90 GPA and got into Environmental Engineering. I participated in the summer Transfer Prep program where I made tons of new friends who all came from similar backgrounds. Now, I'd like to help give back to incoming transfer students and help them on their journey to success through the TEAM program.


Sothyrak Srey (Tee), Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sothyrak Srey (Tee)

Tee Srey was born and raised in Cambodia. He moved to San Diego and attended San Diego Mesa College before transferring to UC San Diego, where he finished his bachelor degree in Computer Science in the Spring of 2019. Currently, he is working towards his master in Computer Science as part of the 5 year BS/MS program at UCSD. He has interned at Hughes Network Systems and Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He loves to be involved on campus. In addition to being a student officer of oSTEM (Out in STEM) and HKN (Eta Kappa Nu), he became one of the TEAM coordinators after being a TEAM mentor. What he likes about TEAM are the community of transfer students and the resource to ensure the academic and professional success of all transfer students.

“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 toengineering. It also helped because my mentor introduced me to faculty in my major and even brought me to her research lab, where I am now working at!”

“Being a veteran student, it was valuable having another veteran engineering student 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 military trains you on and were able to use those skills directly in our major.”

Program Expectations/Requirements

  • Attend two 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 will not be able to provide, such as tips on what electives to take, suggestions on professors, and when to take which classes from current students in your major
  • Talk about your experiences and get support from someone who has already gone on a similar path
  • Practice talking to professionals – both academic and industrial
  • Learn how to gain invaluable 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 UC San Diego

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Program Expectations/Requirements

  • Attend two 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 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 UC San Diego for at least 1 year
  • Must be willing to take an active role in planning meetings and interactions with your mentee

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If you have any questions about TEAM, please contact the TEAM Coordinators at idea-team@eng.ucsd.edu.