ULMSP is an expansion and adaptation of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, which was established in 1988 at Stanford University to prepare high school students to pursue a college education and complete their study in the biological and physical sciences.
Dr. Sandra Daley, Ms. Mae Brown, UC San Diego Registrar, and Mr. Michael Flynn, Learning Skills Counselor, founded ULMSP in 2001 as a health workforce development program that assists community college students from disadvantaged backgrounds in making a successful transfer to the university and to enter the health professions. The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation, awarded a grant to the University of California, San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine to establish the UniversityLink Medical Sciences Program (ULMSP). Additional funding for programming has been granted through the Health Careers Opportunity Program, San Diego Regional Consortium (HCOP/SDRC). HCOP/SDRC is a partnership between the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the San Diego State University Pre-College Institute, the Scripps San Diego Border Area Health Education Center, nine community colleges participating in the UC San Diego “UniversityLink” Transfer Student Guarantee Program and 12 of their “feeder” middle and high schools in inner city, border, east suburban and rural communities.