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UCSD Emeriti Mentor Program


What is the Emeriti Mentor Program?


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Bottom Row (L to R): Feroza Ardeshir, Barbara Parker, Donna Mulcahy, Phyllis Mirsky, Mandy Butler, Mae Brown, Gail Lew

UCSD Emeriti Mentors 2023-2024

The Emeriti Mentor Program is a partnership between Chancellor's Scholars and accomplished retired UCSD faculty and staff. This mentoring relationship provides the intellectual, social and cultural preparation necessary for a successful college experience. It provides practical insight, know-how and advice gleaned from real-world experience, and can serve as a bridge to future academic, personal and professional growth.

It provides UCSD Emeriti Association members with an opportunity to make a positive and personally meaningful contribution to the university by helping Chancellor's Scholars steer their educational careers to greater success.

How are Mentors/Mentees matched?

pic3.jpg A successful mentoring relationship is highly dependent upon mutual interests and compatible personalities. The Emeriti Mentor Committee makes the initial matches, based on the information provided by the mentee on their Mentoring Program Registration Form. Every effort is made to match students with a mentor who will be best suited to their academic interests. Modification of a mentor/mentee partnership (dissolution) is allowed should the initial mentor/mentee relationship prove to be unsatisfactory to either partner.

What does mentoring entail?

Because mentoring can mean many different things to different people, how often the mentor/mentee meet is left up to each mentor/mentee pair, with the general minimum expectation that they meet at least once a month for the first academic year.

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor?

Mentor Mel Green with ScholarThe Emeriti Mentor Program is always looking for new emeriti faculty mentors. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to contribute your time and knowledge to a student, and to UCSD, please contact the UCSD Emeriti Mentoring Program Coordinator, Jennifer Homrich, by phone: (858) 534-3710 or email Or, if you prefer, you may fill out the form inside the Emeriti Mentor Program Brochure (PDF) and mail it to us at: Emeriti Mentor Program, 9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 0020, La Jolla, CA 92093-0020. You can also submit this form online HERE.

The CSP/EMP Leadership Council

The CSP/EMP Leadership Council is comprised of a select group of past Emeriti Mentor Program Past and current EMP Chairs, the UCSD Retirement Resource Center Director, CSP/EMP Coordinator, and select Emeriti Association Executive Committee leadership. The goal of the CSP/EMP Leadership Council is to ensure program goals are being met. The Leadership Council holds annual summer meetings where participants review the past programming year and suggest areas for continued improvement. Through-out the year, a CSP/EMP/EA Small Leadership Group may meet to address urgent issues that arise.

Current CSP/EMP Leadership Council members are:

  • Steven Adler
  • Mae Brown
  • Mandy Butler
  • Ann Craig
  • Mel Green
  • Marguerite Jackson
  • Jake Jacoby
  • Robert Knox
  • Jack Fisher
  • Allen McCutchan
  • Phyllis Mirsky
  • Henry Powell
  • Morton Printz
  • Roger Spragg
  • John Wheeler
  • Vania Bailon 


The Chancellor's Scholars Program

The Chancellor's Scholars Program is a two-year mentorship and leadership development program for students who are the recipients of the prestigious Chancellor's Scholarship. The UCSD Emeriti Association develops and delivers this program to some of the brighteset individuals on campus. An overwhelming number of Chancellor's Scholars are first-generation college students who, among other requirements, must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to maintain the award.

Scholars benefit from faculty mentoring from the UCSD Emeriti Mentor Program and Faculty Mentoring Program, peer mentoring with upper-division Chancellor's Scholars, ongoing leadership and professional skill development, social and community service activities with other Chancellor's Scholars, and exposure to student resources and involvement opportunities.

Since 2009, a main focus of the Chancellor's Scholars Program has been improving students' interpersonal and public speaking skills through activities and instruction during weekly meetings. The Chancellor's Scholars Program prepares scholars all throughout the year to become leaders, teaching key skills for professional development. Students are also provided with writing support from both their emeritus mentors and the UC San Diego Writing & Communications Hub.

Read more about the Chancellor's Scholars Program here.


2023 Cohort Listed By Last Name: Asiali Alexander, Jervic Aquino, Angel Barrera Parada, Grace Carter, Dorothy Davenport, Andrew Doan, Erick Fernandez, Selina Figueroa, Isaiah Frausto, Felicia Gallardo, Maria Habashy, Diago Haro, Elizabeth Hernandez, Jayden Huang, Leanne Ikan, Aryanna Ilieto, Alan Jiang, Zoey Jones, Kiarash Kianfar, Lailah Lopez, Daniel Lov, Yukari Mendoza, Xena Moreno, Sirajam Munira, Phuong Nguyen, Vanessa Nguyen, Liliana Olvera, Reeca Palisoc, Ashley Pena, Jordi Pham, Mark Pirch, Edgar Ramirez, Elijah Rosales, Nancy Santiago, Kaitlyn Tan, Annie Tran, Erica Villa, Isaiah Wise, Karen Wu, Erick Zhao

The Chancellor's Scholars Journal

The Chancellor’s Scholars Journal is a biannual newsletter created to share the achievements of the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Scholars and Emeriti Mentor Programs, and its participants, with the UC San Diego campus and community. It is our hope that in sharing these accomplishments, we are also able to share with our readers the immense gratitude and appreciation Chancellor’s Scholars feel towards the individuals and groups who have made their dreams of attending college a reality.

Read the Chancellor's Scholars Journal

Chancellor's Scholars Awards

Chancellor's Scholars Awards

The Chancellor's Scholars Program invites self-nomination each year from Chancellor's Scholars for two special awards. These awards are only open to UCSD Chancellor's Scholars (any year). To apply, scholars must be a US citizen or resident, be 18 or older, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awardees are announced at the annual Chancellor's Scholars Program Closing Ceremony. 

Dr. Ruth Covell Study Abroad Scholarship

Every year, the Emerita Mentor, Ruth Covell, M.D fund, provides generous support to fund two $1,000 Study Abroad Scholarships to help support Chancellor's Scholars dreams of studying abroad. Dr. Covell was a huge advocate for students wanting to expand their horizons. She believed that study abroad and foreign immersion makes for a more well-rounded student. Applicants must submit a personal statement reflecting on how studying abroad will help them pursue their goals. 

Prior Dr. Ruth Covell Study Abroad Scholarship recipients:

2023 - Keene Cheung
2023 - Lynicia Moody
2022 - Delaney Torres Martinez
2022 - Dephny Duan
2021 - Macey Keung
2021 - Denise Trieu
2020 - Vince Ly
2019 - Grace Kim
2019 - Kyle Skelil
2018 - Jenny Sayaseng
2017 - Brenda Ngo

The Professor Mel Green Peer Mentoring Award

Generously gifted by Professor Emeritus Mel Green, founder of the UCSD Emeriti Mentor Program, this award is given to two peer mentors each year, who have gone above and beyond their duties to welcome and support their mentees, and in doing so, have greatly impacted their lives and first year here at UCSD. The two $1,000 awards are presented each year at the annual Chancellor's Scholars Program Closing Ceremony. 

Each year, second, third, and fourth year Chancellor's Scholars have the opportunity to mentor incoming students as part of the Chancellor's Scholars Peer Mentoring Program. This program allows first-year students to be welcomed to the university personally by a mentor who was hand-selected for them by the CSA Peer Mentoring Coordinators and the Chancellor's Scholars Program Coordinator. Peer mentors are there to guide, encourage, and support their mentee throughout their first year. At the end of the year, mentees have the ability to nominate their mentor for the Peer Mentoring Award, describing how their Peer Mentor helped them to acclimate to UC San Diego, and to succeed at this competitive university.

Prior Professor Mel Green Peer Mentoring Award recipients:

2023 – Chi Chow
2023 – Ethan Quon
2022 – Jemariz Arzobal
2022 – Kyoko Downey
2021 – Dephny Duan
2021 – Andrew Hu
2020 – Ixchel Rivas Torres
2020 – Eric Xiao
2019 – Pamella Abergas
2019 – Darren Jian
2018 – Bella Le
2018 – Ivy Dang
2017 – Alexis Velazquez-Olivera
2017 – Gonzalo Santos
2016 – Jessica Cao
2016 – Winnie Shi

International Study Scholarship
Sponsored by Suresh Subramani & Feroza Ardeshir 

In 2023, Distinguished Professor Suresh Subramani & Feroza Ardeshir provided generous support to fund two $1,500 Study Abroad Scholarships to help support Chancellor's Scholars dreams of studying abroad.  This is a prestigious opportunity for scholars seeking to exchange cultural perspectives, enhance their academic journey, and broaden their horizons through immersive international experiences. With a deep commitment to promoting global education, Professor Subramani and Feroza Ardeshir generously fund this scholarship to encourage ambitious Chancellor's Scholars to explore diverse cultures, gain valuable knowledge, and develop crucial skills for an interconnected world.

Prior Suresh Subraman and Feroza Ardeshir International Study Scholarship recipients:

2023 - Nhat Pham
2023 - Annie Nguyen

International Study Scholarship
Sponsored by Professor Henry Powell and Mary Johnson Powell

In 2023, Professor Henry Powell & Mary Johnson Powell provided generous support to fund two $750 Study Abroad Scholarships to help support Chancellor's Scholars dreams of studying abroad. This is a prestigious opportunity for scholars seeking to immerse themselves in a world of cultural diversity, academic excellence and personal growth. Funded by Professor Henry Powell and Mary Johnson Powell, this scholarship aims to empower deserving Chancellor's Scholars to broaden their horizons, embrace new international experiences, and become global leaders in their field.

Prior Henry Powell and Mary Johnson Powell International Study Scholarship recipients:

2023 - Francisco Garcia
2023 - Sharon Ni