High School Summer Scholar Program

Summer Scholar mentors are current UCI undergraduate students who are eager and enthusiastic about contributing to your success and development this summer. Each mentor completed formal leadership development training, which refined their leadership skills and reinforced the traits of positive role models.

Brimming with energy, creativity, and knowledge about UCI and college life, the Summer Scholar Mentors will support you throughout our program. Summer Scholar mentors are particularly attuned to the feel of Summer Session and summer coursework as several have participated in our Summer Session Freshman Summer Start Program, a sister program for incoming Freshman students with similar goals to the High School Summer Scholar Program.

Meet the 2014 Summer Scholar Program Mentors

Alex FungElmer Wei
Lead Intern
Chemical Engineering, Class of 2014
(From San Francisco, CA)
“Participating in one of Summer Session's Special Programs was the first smart decision I have ever made as an undergraduate. It not only familiarized me with the college's environment and resources, but it also provided me with an opportunity to develop my leadership and communication skills. I am excited to return as an Intern and to help high school students as they experience college for their very first time.”

Alex FungHira Asif
Psychology and Social Behavior, and Criminology, Law and Society, Class of 2015
(From Riverside, CA)
“I can remember being a lost student with no idea as to what I was doing at a huge university campus like UC Irvine. I almost felt like I didn’t belong until the Interns of the Summer Session Special Programs gave me direction and helped me find my way. The experience I shared with everyone in the program taught me so much about college life; both in the classroom as well as out on campus. It created for me, lasting friendships and connections. Now, I am so glad to be a part of this team that added so much to my experience here at UCI and I cannot wait to be able to do the same for others!”

Alex FungSteven C. Chen
Biological Sciences, Class of 2017
Participant, 2012 Summer Scholar Program
(From Tustin, CA)
“As a past participant in the 2012 High School Summer Scholar Program, I understand the mindsets of the high school students as they prepare to enter colleges. After benefiting from the program, I hope to provide high school students with college tips such as study skills, time management, and strategies to adapt to college courses. At the same time, I want to share my own personal experience transitioning from high school to college, introduce high school students to the resources and countless opportunities at UCI, and create a meaningful summer for high school students. I am looking forward to meeting all the summer scholars and becoming part of their memorable summer at UCI.”

Alex FungRafaela Guzman
Biological Sciences, Class of 2015
(From Blythe, CA)
“I am very excited to be a part of the High School Summer Scholar internship team and I am looking forward to working with everyone! My goal is to work hand in hand with everyone on my team and to help create a fun and open environment for students and team members, so we may all feel comfortable and be ready to tackle any obstacle that may come up.”

Alex FungDiana Hoag
Criminology, Law, and Society, and Psychology and Social Behavior, Class of 2017
(From Garden Grove, CA)
“Joining the Freshman Summer Start Program was the best decision I have made in coming to UCI. It provided me with lasting friendships and introduced me to many opportunities and resources on campus. By joining this program, I was eased into the quarter system and got a head start on my college career. In becoming an Intern, I am excited to help students feel welcome on our campus and give them the same wonderful experience I had.”

Alex FungShannon Lee
Biological Sciences, Class of 2017
(From Cerritos, CA)
“As an Anteater, I hope to embrace all that UCI has to offer within the next four years. I was motivated to be an Intern for the Summer Session Leadership Development Program because I hope to enhance my leadership skills while mentoring determined individuals.

The thought of college can be daunting to even the brightest student; this summer, I hope to encourage determined high school students to reach their potential on a college platform while having fun!”

Alex FungDerek Tran
Chemistry, Class of 2017
(From Long Beach, CA)
"Since my participation in the Summer Start program as a freshman, I want to do nothing more but help students learn to adapt to the collegiate life from high school. It was a smoother transition for me and I hope that it will be for others participating in the program also."