Application: Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP)
THIS APPLICATION is for the year-long program starting in Fall 2021.
The MMFRP is a unique, year-long program for undergraduate and graduate students who want an in-depth, community-based research practicum focused on international migration. (more info at
). All students must commit to the full year, including winter fieldwork in Tijuana. Graduate students enroll in LATI 222A in fall, LATI 222B in winter and LATI 222C in spring. Undergraduate students participate in three classes, listed below:
1. Fall: Sociology 125: Sociology of Immigration (4 units) - note you may take EITHER the in-person OR the remote version, though I suggest in person if possible/comfortable for you.
2. Winter: Sociology/Urban Studies and Planning 188: Mexican Migration Field Research Practicum (8 units, including one week and 4-5 Fridays of fieldwork, likely virtual in 2020-21)
3. Spring: Sociology 109M: Research Reporting (4 units)
To apply, please fill out this form and enroll in Sociology 125 or LATI 222A for Fall. Also, please watch the info session at
. Please note that Spanish proficiency is required unless you have spoken to the director and agreed otherwise.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2021. You will be notified by September 10. If there are any remaining spots, we accept applications on a rolling basis after September 10. *We almost always fill up, so we suggest applying early.
For questions please contact Dr. Abigail Andrews, MMFRP director, at
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Major(s) at UCSD
International Migration and Human Rights (minor)
Latin American Studies
STEM (all fields)
Current GPA at UCSD (or your GPA from community college, if you're an incoming transfer student)
Year (based on your standing) as of this coming Fall Quarter
4th year (or more)
UCSD Email Address (if applicable)
Cell phone number
Spanish speaking ability
Fluent or native speaker
Proficient (complete high school Spanish, partial native speaker, or at least 2 years college Spanish)
Intermediate (1-4 years Spanish training)
Beginner/none (less than 1 year Spanish training)
Please enter (cut and paste) a statement of 250 words or less about why you'd like to participate in this program.
In Winter 2022, we plan to conduct fieldwork in Tijuana, if Covid permits. To travel to Tijuana, students need one of the following by December 2021. If you are DACA or undocumented you are welcome, and you will be assigned work in California. Please check if you have any of these (or expect to have by December 2021):
US passport valid through April 2021 (have or expect to have before December 2021)
US green card valid through April 2021
Passport from another country (not US) valid through April 2021 AND relevant visa to enter Mexico. Note: Mexico requires visas from students of many countries. Please check and confirm you have the correct visa to enter Mexico.
DACA or undocumented (Dr. Andrews can share details)
None of the above.
Have you ever done MMFRP before?
Yes, this past year
Yes, before 2019
If accepted, can you commit to participating in the program for the full year? The program is a total of 16 units of coursework. Please check your winter quarter schedule to be sure you will be able to accommodate a demanding 8-unit field program.
Are you enrolled or waitlisted in Sociology 125 or LATI 222A (grad) for Fall quarter? *Note: as of August 6, 2021, SOCI 125 is full. I will help you get in, but please get on the waitlist ASAP to ensure you can get a slot.
Plan to enroll (note when below)
Already took Sociology 125 (note when below)
Comments about SOCI 125 Enrollment
Have you watched the 2021-22 MMFRP Info Session? If not, please watch it as a requirement of applying. The recording is available here:
No (please watch the info session before September 1)
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