The University of California at San Diego


Mascot: King Triton


History and Origin

The University was authorized in 1956 (although it was not officially opened until 1964) and became a graduate and research institution, with courses in math, science and engineering. The new university (which was previously the University of La Jolla) became a technical research institute school that included undergraduates as well. In 1963, new facilities were built for the School of Science and Engineering. Soon enough, new additions were introduced which eventually evolved the University of California, San Diego into what it is today.




Admission Requirements


Tuition and Costs


Campus Life: Triton 5K

The Triton 5K marathon is a school event used to raise money for scholarships. This year, it will take place on June 6th. It promotes fitness in America's 3rd fittest city. It is a very lively event that is also very exciting!


Physiology and Neuroscience Degree Plan

  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 140A)
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 140B)
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 143A)
  • Metabolic Biochemistry (BIBC 102)
  • Genetics (BICD 100)
  • Molecular Biology (BIMM 100)
  • Human Physiology I (BIPN 100)
  • Animal Physiology Laboratory (BIPN 105)
  • Two Physiology and Neuroscience (P&N) Core courses to be selected from the following:
    • Human Physiology II (BIPN 102)
    • Comparative Physiology (BIPN 106)
    • Physiology of Exercise (BIPN 108)
    • Cellular Neurobiology (BIPN 140)
    • Systems Neurobiology (BIPN 142)
    • Developmental Neurobiology (BIPN 144)
    • Computational Neurobiology (BIPN 146)
    • Cellular Basis of Learning and Memory (BIPN 148)
    • Diseases of the Nervous System (BIPN 150)
    • The Healthy and Diseased Brain (BIPN 152)
  • Upper-division Biology Lab: Complete one upper-division biology lab course (at least four units) offered by the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences.
    • Biochemical Techniques (BIBC 103)
    • Plant Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory (BICD 123)
    • Laboratory in Molecular Medicine (BICD 145)
    • Ecology Laboratory (BIEB 121)
    • Marine Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory (BIEB 131)
    • Aquatic Ecology Lab (BIEB 135)
    • Computer Modeling in Evolution and Ecology (BIEB 143)
    • Animal Communication Laboratory (BIEB 167)
    • Recombinant DNA Techniques (BIMM 101)
    • Laboratory in Microbiology (BIMM 121)


About Neurosurgeons

What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is one who is concerned with operating on the nervous system (namely the brain, spinal cord, and the nerves).

Neurologists and Neurosurgeons treat neurological diseases such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, peripheral nervous disorders, etc.

Requirements to become a Neurosurgeon


Cover Letter for Internship at a Hospital

Scott Brown

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

311 California Street Suite 650. San Francisco, CA.

September 17th, 2019

Good morning Mr. Brown,

I am applying for the position of a Medical Doctor internship in response to our meeting in the career center office at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Physiology and Neuroscience and I am required to obtain an internship in efforts to attain experience in working in the real world. It would be a pleasure to have an internship at this excellent hospital, and it would greatly benefit my studies as well. I have realized that working in your facility is an important role in my education and a very important part in the obtaining of my Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I strongly believe I am a great candidate for your program and my internship at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will further expand my abilities and establish a stronger passion of working with neuroscience.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and if I am accepted, I will greatly look forward to having an internship in this facility.


Jazmin Paz

18778 Sunny Meadow Ln.

619-447-3553 (h)

619-887-0110 (c)


Letter of Recommendation

To Whomever It May Concern:

It has never been a hesitant opportunity to speak highly of Jazmin Paz for a letter of recommendation for a position regarding a volunteer position at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is the best, if not, one of the best students and employees in the field that she wishes to aspire, as well as in any other around her current work force. Her motivations are purely driven by natural effort, and her hard work compliments her true accomplishments. She is best at cooperation, assistance, performance, and all other aspects of application to the work force.

For the convenience of her current interest, I believe the best quality to reflect on is her optimistic and yet, real perspective of work and those around her. While Ms.Paz is able to maintain level-headed thinking, her will to create a better environment for her patients and co-workers seems to be one of the main successes in her life. Her tendency of naturally displaying kindness and assistance to others, such as her fellow workers or patients and clients, is one aspect of her personality that enlightens the work environment. Her efforts are genuine, and full potential is given, as it also has a tendency to better the experience of work around her.

Ms. Paz has been and will always be an important aspect of current work, however, she seems fit to pursuit further accomplishments for her well deserved future. Never was it ever doubted that Jazmin Paz could benefit her work and services in her current occupation, nor in her occupation of the near future. Please contact for confirmation of this letter, or for further information.

Best Regards,

Deanna Sianez

Neurosciences Department Head

Neuroscientist Surgeon and Welfare Physician

Sierra Providence Hospital

El Paso, TX 79938

Tel: (915) 867-5309





18778 Sunny Meadow Ln.
San Diego, CA 74117
(619) 447-3553

Dedicated medical doctor passionate for making a difference in neuroscience, with many years of background research on similar topics. Adamant on making many technological and medical advancements in science to facilitate surgery and treatment.

Sunny Hills Research Hospital, San Diego, CA

Nurse 2021 to 2022

Anesthesiologist, 2022 to 2023

General Surgeon 2027 to present

Hired as a nurse at the Sunny Hills Research Hospital in the summer of 2021 as a full-time nurse. Took care of patients, took stats, inserted IV tubes, administered medications, etc. During the end of the year 2022, left to pursue a higher level of education. Became a licensed Anesthesiologist and returned to work for another year. Finally obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience and became a general surgeon, occasionally performing minor neurological operations.

Key Contributions:

  • Developed innovative technology to facilitate surgical procedures and proved to be successful.
  • Became main coordinator of the left medical wing at the Sunny Hills Research Hospital.
  • Actively served on a variety of activities, fundraising and events that focused on raising awareness of neurological disorders.
  • Built positive relationships with co-workers and patients,  and created a positive atmosphere promoting hardworking and persistent attitude
  • Quickly became a "first-to-call" resource in current substitute teaching role, typically working four days per week. Personally requested by many full-time teachers to take over their classrooms during absences.

EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA.

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Physiology

Medical Certification, 2021 (renewed in 2025)


Persuasive Essay for the Gates Millennium Scholarship

           I strongly believe I am the best candidate for the Gates Millennium Scholarship for numerous reasons. With this scholarship, I would be able to attend the University of my choice, complete my studies, and ultimately, help make a difference in neuroscience.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded to 1,000 of the top students in the United States every year. A student that is eligible to obtain this scholarship is one that: 1. is African American, American Indian, Asian American, or Hispanic; is a U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident; have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate outstanding leadership, has participated in numerous events and has a good background in community service and meets the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. I believe that I am worthy of this scholarship because I meet the criteria, and I am hardworking and passionate about my field of study and I strive to help make a difference in the world.

Going to University can be very expensive because everything costs money, such as courses, dorm rooms, and even books. Luckily the Gates Millennium Scholarships exists, this scholarships is the best gift any successful student can acquire. It pays for your full education and you don’t have to pay for a single course so long as you continue to meet the criteria.

I would like to become a neurosurgeon and I believe this scholarship would be the best for me because I will be attending school for a total of 8 or more years. In addition, I am very adamant on working in this field of study and passionate about helping others who are having neurological issues. I have always enjoyed helping others out, and it has always been one of my top qualities, so going into this field of medicine would bring me much joy and I am sure I will be able to make a significant difference in patient’s lives. I would also really like to make technological and medical advancements in science having to do with fully understanding the brain, and why and how it works the way it does. It would be an honor to be accepted for this scholarship and I plan on doing great things in the future with it.


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Works Cited

"Huntington’s Disease Clinical Research Center in the Department of Neurosciences." UC San Diego School of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2015. <>.

"Medical Services." UC San Diego Health System. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2015. <>.

"Neurograd Program." UC San Diego Health Sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2015. <>.

"Physiology and Neuroscience." UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2015. <>.


Jazmin Paz

May 25th, 2015

6th Period

Pre IB English 1