UCSF/USF Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching (PUMT)

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. (http://www.ucsf.edu)

The University of San Francisco (USF) is a primarily undergraduate private Jesuit university with a strong commitment to academic excellence and social justice and is one of the most diverse universities in America. (http://www.usfca.edu)

The University of San Francisco/University of California San Francisco Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching (PUMT) program was developed to address two objectives:

To provide UCSF graduate students and post-doctoral researchers/clinicians who want to pursue faculty careers with opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate students, and

To provide USF undergraduate science majors with highly qualified instructors for lecture and laboratory classes, and provide opportunities for students to gain research experience.

The Teaching Program

The teaching program offers opportunities for UCSF graduate students and postdoctoral researchers/clinicians to acquire teaching experience that will be helpful for future applications for faculty positions and other education-related career goals. Participants are hired as part time faculty who are mentored by full time USF faculty and through the UCSF Preparing Future Faculty program. In turn, USF students benefit by receiving instruction from highly qualified part time faculty. Part time teaching positions are announced through the UCSF Preparing Future Faculty Program listserv. 

The Research Mentoring Program

The research mentoring program is designed to both enhance research experiences for USF science majors, and to provide UCSF graduate students and post doctoral researchers with opportunities to acquire undergraduate mentoring experience, as well as assistance with their research projects.

Research opportunities are posted on USF’s Blackboard system at BIOL_001: Department of Biology Electronic Information Board. Any USF student can enroll in this Blackboard site to receive e-mail announcements of new postings.

Instructions to sign up for BIOL_001: Department of Biology Electronic Information Board:

1. Log onto Blackboard
2. Select "Course" tab
3. In upper left box "Course Search", enter "electronic"
4. Select "go"
5. In the pull down menu next to “BIOL_001”, select "enroll"

Usually within 24 hours, students will receive an e-mail verifying enrollment.

Any questions about the USF/UCSF Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and Teaching should be directed to:  

Deneb Karentz, Professor
USF Coordinator for the USF/UCSF
Partnership for Undergraduate Mentoring and
     Teaching (PUMT)

Department of Biology, HR 347
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080