The JUMP program (JSU-UCSB mentoring partnership) is designed to engage students and faculty at Jackson State University (JSU) and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DCB) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) by research and educational collaborations.
The program aims to encourage JSU undergraduate (and Masters) students to apply to graduate school at UCSB and other UC campuses and to enhance their success rate. The proposed program will establish
- a formal structure for enhanced collaborations with faculty and student exchanges during the academic year,
- an eight-week summer program occurring 2019, 2020 and 2021, and
- a framework for mentoring both during the program and to continue in subsequent years.
This JUMP program aims to help lower the cultural barriers for JSU students to applying to graduate school in general, and graduate programs at the UCs, in particular. It will not only familiarize JSU students with graduate school but also provide them with an extended research portfolio, to strengthen their applications. Equally important, this program will benefit UCSB students by virtue of their participation in the research of the JSU partners.