Who can join

Open to High School Sophomores and Juniors

5 students per school will be selected through the DIRHA application process
No minimum GPA requirement
No financial cost to students

UCI undergraduate students who are interested in becoming a DIRHA Mentor should contact DIRHA@uci.edu.

Each High School must have a teacher or staff member to serve as an advisor & liaison for the program

Teacher/Staff will receive a $1,500 stipend (see Description of Duties below)


High School Teacher/Staff Liaison Description of Duties


  • Attend all seminars
  • Communicate with undergraduate mentor (especially to coordinate high school visits)
  • Advise student projects in collaboration with mentors (regarding resources available and deadlines to meet)

*Students make final decision of their project goals and theme

Transportation Coordination

  • Coordinate with your administration to secure student transportation to and from UC Irvine
  • Connect your administration or transportation office to DIRHA staff so they may collect insurance certificates


  • Keep DIRHA staff informed regarding feedback and student engagement with material
  • Follow up with students to remind them to submit waivers and forms on time


  • Liaison will receive a $1,500 stipend
  • High School can bill OCDE up to $1,000 transportation costs DIRHA will cover substitute teacher day cost for field trips

We welcome input and encourage open conversations with administrators, teachers, and students regarding your school’s needs in order to ensure that the program is most beneficial.


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