Here’s what the 2019-2020 MINDSET cohort has been up to!

MINDSET visits Illumina!
MINDSET visits Illumina!
Some press on our visit!
student presenting
MINDSET graduate students present their research!
MINDSET graduate students present their research!
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MINDSET graduate students present their research!


We are now recruiting for graduate MINDSET Fellows (see attached flier)! The deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 9.

This year graduate students may participate in a private tour of BASF chemical company, a lunch and resume session from a DMPK site head from Takeda, give an invited seminar, receive training in leadership and culturally competent mentoring, and mentor an SDSU Miramar student. 

Do not delay in signing up as space is limited! Contact Dr. Sohl for more details.

SDSU graduate students: apply here

Miramar College students: apply here


MINDSET update, May 2019: We have now closed out a very successful 2018-2019 academic year! Here are what we were up to this year:

FBI Evidence Recovery Team Lab Tour

Careers in Engineering Q&A with SDSU alums

Invited seminars for SDSU Mindset Fellows to present their research

Resume workshop/lunch/seminar by a local leader in industry

Matched mentor/mentee pairs for SDSU grad students and Miramar undergrads

End of the year Potluck party!

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019-2020….stay tuned!



We are currently accepting applications for 2018-2019 MINDSET fellows…apply by Oct. 29

This year we have planned a talk from a leader in a local startup company that recently went public (Feb. 22), and a trip to the FBI Evidence Recovery Team lab in Sorrento Valley (Nov. 16).

MINDSET (Maximizing INclusion and Diversity in Science, Engineering, and Technology) is a mentoring program launched by Prof. Sohl in collaboration with Prof. Gary Smith (Miramar College) and Prof. Dustin Thoman (SDSU Psychology) in order to increase and retain students in STEM, particularly members of underrepresented groups. This mentoring initiative currently focuses on SDSU graduate students and Miramar community college students.

MINDSET was developed to have 4 components: 1) near-peer mentoring, demonstrating to community college students that they can be successfully integrated into scientific research as soon as they transfer to a 4-year college; 2) hands-on training for graduate students in mentoring, leadership, and communication skills; 3) hands-on training for graduate students to achieve cultural competency when mentoring underrepresented groups; 4) affording all students with opportunities to learn about STEM careers and network.

Join us to start making an impact in your life and in others’! Email Prof. Sohl for more details.