MAP Application

Important Dates

Program Dates: October 1, 2024 – May 31st, 2025
Application process will open on April 15, 2024.
Application deadline is May 15, 2024.
Notification Window is August 15 – August 31, 2024

The Application

Students will be completing an online application. You may start it and come back to it, so you do not have to complete it all at once. Students may submit their application prior to the submission of your letters of recommendation.

Recommendation letters may not be submitted separately and must be submitted by the application deadline. Late letter submissions will not be considered.

Please complete the MAP application thoughtfully and neatly. You cannot take back a first impression.

Please Remember To:

  • Address your cover letter to your first choice mentor.
  • Provide a well crafted resume.
  • Write thoughtfully. Check for spelling errors.
  • Be honest. If your grades slipped a little, explain why. We all have issues that present themselves and that sometimes hinder achievement. A simple explanation is all you need.
  • Write a thoughtful essay as to why you wish to participate.
  • Be thorough. Refer to the checklist before submitting your application.

Please DO NOT:

  • Ask your parent to write your essay.
  • Reuse a school essay. We can spot these a mile away!
  • Use slang. (Yes, this has happened.)
  • Address the mentor incorrectly in your cover letter. Please be sure to use Dr. when warranted and please do not use Dr. when the mentor does not have a doctorate. This seems like a small mistake, but it can count against you.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the specified deadline. After this time, the system will close and you will not be able to submit an application. Hand delivered, mailed, or overnight express mail applications submitted during the application period or after will not be accepted.

Once applications are received, MAP mentors will be contacted for application review and student selection.

Parents Dos and Don’ts

Please Do:

  • Encourage your students to apply. Remember, although we do value your student’s GPA, mentors are also looking for other criteria that make your student a well-rounded individual, such as volunteerism, care taking, community involvement, sports, hobbies and a desire to learn.
  • Spread the word about this program to your friends, neighbors and colleagues. It is a wonderful opportunity for all high school students!
  • Encourage your student to apply even if your student has a GPA less than a 3.0. As long as your student is college bound, the application will be considered.

Please DO NOT:

  • Call for information on your student’s behalf. Your student should be the one contacting the MAP Coordinators for information.
  • Try to persuade the MAP Coordinators to allow your 13, 14 or 15 year old student to be able to participate. Students must be 16 years of age.
  • Attempt to bypass our policies and guidelines with regard to eligibility requirements.
  • Contact the MAP Coordinators for the status of your student’s application. We do not know that information. Mentors have been asked to make selections by July 1st. If there is a delay, please refer to the MAP website.

Application Review Process

All MAP mentors will receive their online student applications by the third week in March. Mentors will use their own matrix for their student selections. MAP coordinators will not persuade or influence any mentor decisions. Mentors will be asked to make their student selections by early June for summer start dates and mid-July for fall start dates.

Diversity Statement

An essential component of this program is the involvement of women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities in fields where these groups have traditionally been underrepresented. Efforts to include representatives from these groups are strongly encouraged.

Need Guidance?

Please do not hesitate to work with your school counselor to discuss how the MAP program can help you advance your research or career interests and goals. Many of your school personnel attended a MAP Overview session and may have the answers you need.

Please also feel free to contact the MAP Coordinators for guidance. We are here to help! Please contact Ange Mason of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (, 858 534-5064). We are available to provide guidance and answer any questions you might have. Just ask!