Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program is a graduate school preparation program for University of Arizona undergraduates. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program provides low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students with opportunities and activities to excel in their undergraduate studies and assistance in admission into doctoral programs.

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.

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 and 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.

The AASA Internship Program

The AASA Internship provides hands-on experience with community building, facilitating workshops, and giving presentations that advance knowledge of social justice and issues relevant to the Black community. This internship course will require students to attend a series of workshops and training that explore issues related to identity, equity, and how to facilitate discussions on difficult topics and maintain dialogue across social groups. In addition, interns will plan and coordinate annual community events such as the Fall Welcome, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Kwanzaa celebration, and the Graduation and Convocation Ceremony. To learn more about the internship program, contact AASA at (520)621-3419 or email

Prodigy (formerly MERITS)

Prodigy helps freshmen deal with the new expectations, challenges and unexpected bumps of college in a fun and welcoming atmosphere with staff and students who care about student success at the UA. They are a free, goal-driven program open to any incoming UA freshman. Students meet with trained Peer Advisors one-on-one, twice a month to discuss academic concerns, success strategies and life. Prodigy Peer Advisors empower students to have a fun and successful freshmen year.


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.

New Start

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.

AASA Center Hours and Location

Center Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Center Location: University of Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Building 1322 E. 1st. Street Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: (520) 621-3419 | Fax: (520) 621-9623 | Google Map

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