Student Resources: Support
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The UA offers an array of resources to support the academic, cultural and individual needs of students.
African American Student Affairs (AASA)
Facilitates a support system that helps students achieve academic excellence and an enriching African American cultural experience at the University of Arizona. AASA provides programs and services that enable students to develop leadership skills as well as the resources to develop and create personal excellence.
Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA)
Promotes student success for the diverse East Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi or South Asian American communities on campus; increases awareness of the experiences and issues facing the diverse communities represented within APASA; provides academic, educational, and cultural programs and resources to engage students to become active citizens in our ever-increasing global society; and supports individual students in realizing their academic, personal, and professional goals.
Chicano Hispano Student Affairs (CHSA)
Strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that supports academic success, develops leadership, and embraces Chicano/Hispano students’ cultural identity.
Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) - Integrated Optics for Undergraduates (IOU)
Gives undergraduate students cross-disciplinary, hands-on education in photonics and optical communications. This program is sponsored by the NSF Science and Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks. CIAN strongly encourages applications from Pima Community College students, underrepresented minority groups, and women. Provisions include $4,500 summer stipend, travel paid, and housing available for all participants.
Dean of Students Office
Educates students about community standards, academic integrity, health and safety protocols, and judicial affairs resources. We ensure that all students have a voice in campus affairs by connecting with and advocating for student leaders and organizations.
Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Leads our community in the creation of welcoming and inclusive campus environments. In addition to working to reframe perspectives of disability and infuse universal design into campus environments, staff also supports students individually by reviewing disability documentation and determining and providing reasonable accommodations necessary for full access.
Graduate College Diversity Programs
Advises prospective students in the admission process and in obtaining financial support for graduate school. The program also fosters opportunities for graduate students to build community ties, strengthen networking skills, and enhance professional development.
Graduate College Retention Programs
Focuses on improving the retention rate of graduate students at the University of Arizona.
Graduate School Preparation
Contains information to help students prepare for graduate studies at the University of Arizona.
Supports the international student population through advising, programming, referral, liaison, and advocacy for all students.
Works to build, sustain and strengthen a safe, inclusive, and open environment for faculty, staff, appointed professionals, students, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Assists undergraduates from underrepresented populations in biomedical research and are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D in that field. Provisions include summer and academic year stipends, tuition support, health insurance, travel assistance, and preparation for graduate school through academic class.
Minority Health Disparities Research Opportunities
Identifies outstanding under-represented students admitted to one of UA’s 16 Ph.D. biomedical programs to receive the National Institute of Health (NIH) Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Graduate Study Awards. They also identify rising juniors and seniors for the Minority Health Disparities Summer Research Opportunities Program (MHD/SROP), a paid research experience focusing on issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner. Provisions include 6 units of upper-division credit (tuition paid), $4,000 summer stipend, paid travel, and UA resident hall housing available for non-UA students.
Multicultural Affairs and Student Success (MASS)
Utilizes current research, creativity, and diverse perspectives, to offer cutting edge and nationally recognized programs that address the critical issues of today's students.
Native American Student Affairs (NASA)
Provides culturally sensitive academic counseling and support services to American Indian/Alaskan Native students enabling them to achieve academic excellence. We nurture student success by encouraging all students to proactively explore and shape our diverse campus community.
A six-week summer bridge program designed to help first-year freshman succeed in the transition from high school to university life. The program helps participants to become well-rounded university students by focusing on academics, residence life, orientation, and extracurricular activities.
Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) -- Fostering Diversity in Arizona Medicine
Provides information on, and exposure to, various professions in the health field; offers academic enrichment program for high school students interested in exploring college and professional opportunities in the health field; facilitates access to information, resources, and services to assist students during the admission and application process to medical school; offers skills building programs and activities to prepare students applying to medical school; offers personal guidance and career mentoring opportunities to premed and medical students; offers opportunities to enhance cultural and linguistic (Spanish) competence of premed and medical students; and fosters a diversity-supportive environment in medical school.
Designed to create an atmosphere of community and support for students in their first year at the UA to facilitate students’ understanding of the purposes and benefits of a higher education, allow students to recognize their abilities to set and achieve personal and academic goals, help students develop a working knowledge of the resources available to them on campus, and finally, familiarize students with UA policies, procedures, and physical surroundings.
Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program
Assists undergraduate, first generation college/low income students interested in obtaining a Ph.D. The summer research program includes 6 units of upper-division credit (tuition paid), $3,000 summer stipend, travel assistance; and preparation for graduate school.
Promotes the achievement of individuals with learning and attention challenges. Through a student-centered model, SALT provides comprehensive services to maximize student success and support the UA community. The program collaborates with community-based organizations that facilitate learning and enrollment in higher education; initiates and pursues innovative practices designed to partner with and serve the people of Arizona and the global community.
Summer Research Institute
Assists undergraduate juniors and seniors, underrepresented students interested in obtaining a Master's or Ph.D. Provisions include 6 units of upper-division credit (tuition paid), $3,000 summer stipend, and UA resident hall housing available for non-UA students.
Helps students to succeed in college. The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) assists first generation and other qualifying students with their transition to the University. SSS provides services and support throughout each student’s entire academic career.
UA Writing Center (Part of the Think Tank)
Provides free individualized peer tutoring to all members of the UA community. The Center works with all types of writing at all stages of the writing process.
United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Summer Research Internship Program
Provides Native American undergraduate sophomores with the opportunity to work with research scientists and other professionals during an 8-week intern program at an Agricultural Research Service Center in North Dakota. Provisions include 6 units of upper-division research credit, $3,500 stipend, roundtrip airfare, housing, and experience as a federal employee.
Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP)
Assists underrepresented students to improve their writing skills and achieve academic success at the University of Arizona. WSIP offers a free series of Weekly Writing Workshops and one-on-one tutoring is available.