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Dean's Office

Michelle Lopez, M.A.

Assistant Dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies 


Michelle Lopez

Michelle Lopez, supports and advances student success across campus by mentoring students from diverse majors, facilitating faculty/student research mentor placements, preparing scholars for graduate school acceptance, and fostering a culture of excellence in the area of National Scholarships and Fellowships. She also tracks student success outcomes in various honors, awards or scholarship opportunities and serves as a division liaison to Student Affairs. Michelle is recognized for outstanding advising, service, teaching, and mentoring, and her mentees are currently enrolled in graduate programs, have completed their graduate degrees, or are employed as faculty or researchers at top institutions across the nation.

Michelle received her MA in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Postsecondary Education and her BS in Biological Sciences from San Diego State University. Michelle brings to Undergraduate Studies over fifteen years of advising, mentoring, consulting, and teaching focused on academic success in higher education. Prior to joining Undergraduate Studies, she directed the SDSU Minority Biomedical Research Support Program, a research training and mentoring program funded by the National Institute of Health designed to retain underrepresented STEM students and facilitate their acceptance into Ph.D. programs. Her efforts brought over 5 million dollars in external contributions to SDSU that supported student success, implemented academic-year scientific and professional development seminars and workshops, and developed the Undergraduate Research Symposium, which promoted scholarly research for science and engineering students and served as the model for the current campus-wide Student Research Symposium.

Graduate Student Mentorship (January 2013 - Present)

Kathy Nguyen, Masters Student (IP)
Post Secondary Educational Leadership, Student Affairs Emphasis
Lead Mentor, Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Mentoring Program 
Class of 2018



Michelle Hadley, M.A.
Post Secondary Educational Leadership, Student Affairs Emphasis
Lead Mentor, Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Mentoring Program 
Class of 2016
SDSU Campus Based Leader, GMS


Magdalena Rodriguez, M.A. (Employed)
Post Secondary Educational Leadership, Student Affairs Emphasis
Lead Mentor, Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Mentoring Program 
Class of 2014
SDSU Campus Based Leader, GMS


Kelly Dahlhauser, M.A. (Employed)
Post Secondary Educational Leadership

Undeclared - Lead Peer Mentor
Class of 2014


Melissa Abeyta, M.A. (Employed)
Post Secondary Educational Leadership

Undeclared - Lead Peer Mentor
Class of 2014

Undergraduate Mentorship (January 2013 - Present)

Theodore Bruni, English Major, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor, Weber Honors College scholar
English Department Honors Student
President, Transfer Student Outreach Alliance (2014-2016)

Stephanie Hernandez, Junior, ISCOR major
Team Manager and Project Coordinator, Power Save
Barrio Logan College Institute
Udall Endorsed (2015)

Jade Johnson, Sophomore, Chemistry/Biochemistry Major, College of Sciences
Scholar, Elymash Yuuchaap - Indigenous Scholars & Leaders Program
Pre-MARC Scholar (2015 - current)
Udall Endorsed (2015)
SACNAS Travel Award Applicant
Undergraduate Research Lab:  Dr. Paul Paolini

Nancy Nguyen
, Sophomore, Social Work major, College of Health & Human Services
First-Generation College Student Mentee
President, Gates to Success (16-17)
Weber Honors College scholar


Grace Diaz, Junior, Communications Major, Professional Studies & Fine Arts
Former President (and Founder), Gates to Success 14-15 A-Y
Studying Abroad - Turkey

Tomas Nieto, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in 3 Departments:
(Sociology, English, Rhetoric & Writing)
Compact for Success/Scholar, Class of 2015
Current Masters Student, SFSU, Social Justice
Placed with Undergraduate Research Mentor, Suzanne Bordelon, PhD

Michaela Taylor, Nursing Major, College of Health & Human Services
Gates Millennium Scholar (Class of 2016)
Pre-Graduate School Applicant (Public Health)

Duyen Trang, B.A., Psychology
Former Pre-MARC/Biomedical Enrichment Program Scholar
Former Director of Mentorship & Outreach, PsyMORE
NIH IMSD Scholar, placed in Mey Yeh Lab
Current Masters Student, Psychology, SDSU
Applying to PhD programs, Fall 2016

Shannon Yandall, Junior, Psychology
Director of Outreach, PsyMORE, 15-16 A-Y
NIH IMSD Scholar, Paul Gilbert Lab
Weber Honors College Scholar (2015-2017)

Selected Invited Talks

M. Lopez (2015). Undergraduate Research: Opening Doors of Possibility. September 10, 2015. Weber Honors College - Hon 113 Seminar

M. Lopez (2014). Advancing Your Success as an Undeclared Student. Wed, October 22, 24; November 5, 13, 14., Education and Business Administration

M. Lopez (2014).  Undeclared Student Success – From undecided to a declared major. Toltec Residential Learning Community, Tuesday, September 2014.

M. Lopez (2014). I’m First – Early Preparation for the Graduate School Pathway. Price Scholars Learning Community, Residential Education Office

M. Lopez (February, 2014).  Faculty Mentorship Role in the Scholarship and Fellowship Application Process. Campus Conversations, Aztec Student Union

M. Lopez (2013).  Planning Early for Graduate School. Presented to Honors Council Students, Love Library, SDSU

M. Lopez (2013). Commuter Student Success:  Connecting to Faculty Mentors – the Key to Success. EOP and Compact Scholars, Aztec Mesa, SDSU.

M. Lopez (2012). Support Program Engagement and How to Develop an Academic Plan for Successful Graduate Program Acceptance. Compact for Success Scholars Program, Division of Undergraduate Studies.

M. Lopez (2012). Early Identification of Support Programs as Freshmen, Sophomore or Transfer Students. National Science Foundation (NSF) funded, Louis-Stokes for Minority Participation (LS-AMP)

M. Lopez (2011). Graduate School Preparation for Non-Traditional Students: Setting Your Sights High. Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) students at San Diego State University  


Administration Building, Room 101B

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182


Phone: (619)594-2871

Fax: (619)594-2049


University Service

Mentor, Transfer Student Success
Transfer Student Outreach Alliance

(2015 - current)

Senate Scholarship Committee

Mentor, Gates to Success
First Generation College Student Success

(2014 - current)

Vice-President, Phi Kappa Phi
SDSU Chapter 96
(2014 - current)

Undergraduate Council
(2013 - current)

Undergraduate Research Strategic
Planning Committee

(2013 - current)

Gates Millennium Scholars Mentoring Program
(2013 - current)

Integrative Diversity Committee
(2013 - 2014)

Diversity, Equity and Outreach Committee


University Partners

Associated Students
Career Services
Communication Services, Student Affairs
Center for Teaching and Learning
College of Arts & Letters, Dean's Office
College of Health & Human Services, Dean's Office
Enrollment Services
Faculty Affairs
Marketing and Communications
Office of the President
Weber Honors College

Selected Honors/Awards

Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Membership
(April 2013)

Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award
(2007, 2008, 2010, 2013)

NIH MBRS-IMSD Outstanding Mentor Award
(2006- 2007, 2009-2011)

Friend of Compact Scholars Progam Award

Quest for the Best Outstanding Mentor Award
(May 2008)

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award
(April 2007)

Professional Development

Mental Health First Aid Training
(April 2015)

Safe Zones Diversity Training (2011)

Ethics- Code of Conduct at the Workplace (2007)

Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors AB1825 (2007)

Ethical Practices in Research Involving Human Subjects Education & Training (2003)