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August 12, 2011

UCSB Undergraduate Student Researchers Present Findings at 2011 Summer Colloquium

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at UCSB Prove an Enriching Experience for Students from Across the Globe

Undergraduate students in this year’s research programs across the College of Engineering and the Sciences reeled in enthusiastic supporters as they shared the findings of their work, a culmination of experience from the many undergraduate research programs offered at UCSB.

Faculty advisors and graduate student mentors gathered to support the undergraduate interns and participants. UCSB undergrad students chosen for prestigious research programs presented alongside fellow participants from regional community colleges, and universities across the country. Some student researchers have come from abroad, representing universities in countries such as Ireland and China.

Posters presenting the students’ findings were displayed throughout the lobby of Elings Hall for the afternoon. The high number of participants required presentations to be divided into two sessions. Students from diverse disciplines and research topics – from silicon thermoelectrics to drug delivery to cancer cells – represented the many research programs offered at UCSB for undergraduates each summer and throughout the academic year.

View photos of the poster sessions and student researchers in our Facebook album.

UC Santa Barbara Undergraduate Research Programs include:

Beckman Scholars – Funded by the Beckman Foundation and hosted by UCSB’s Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships. Scholars embark on a 15-month internship program under the guidance of a UCSB Beckman Faculty Mentor in several disciplines including Materials and Chemical Engineering.

Bio-Image Informatics
– Student researchers under the Center for Bio-Image Informatics employ and develop cutting edge techniques in imaging, pattern recognition and data mining.

California Alliance for Minority Participation – In a 9-week intensive research experience, students work in a UCSB laboratory with mentors in engineering, technology, science or mathematics. Researchers’ findings are also presented at a statewide CAMP symposium.

Center for Energy Efficient Materials – UCSB’s CEEM 10-week internship program allows undergraduates at UCSB to gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment.

Center for NanoTechnology in Society – This summer undergraduate research internship program at the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society offers 8-week, paid social science research internships and is open to undergraduates at UCSB and California community colleges. h

Cooperative International Science and Engineering Internships – CISEI is a unique international intern exchange program with centers in South America, Europe and Asia. This 10-week program is sponsored by the Materials Research Laboratory and International Center for Materials Research.

Diagnostics for Monitoring Disease
– The DiaMonD-UREKA 10-week undergraduate international exchange program welcomes students from Dublin City University to the California Nanosystems Institute for research experience in the disciplines of science, technology, mathematics and engineering.

Early Undergraduate Research and Knowledge Acquisition – EUREKA is a program designed to enrich the academic experience of first-year undergraduates at UCSB in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
– The ICB Summer Applied Biotechnology Research Experience (SABRE) recruits and trains a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students in a 10-week, full-time research experience.

Internships in NanoSystems, Science, Engineering and Technology
– The INSET program brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to UCSB for a summer research experience. Funding for the successful INSET program has recently been renewed by the National Science Founation.

Mathematics Summer Research Program – Supported by the NSF, this paid 8-week program offers upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on a research project.

McNair Scholars Program
– This federal program, established in memory of Challenger astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair, prepares undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program and aims to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or under-represented students in PhD programs. 

Research Internships in Science and Engineering
– Sponsored by the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory, RISE is a program for UCSB science and engineering students to acquire research experience through internships.

UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees – The UC LEADS program aims to prepare California’s future leaders by engaging promising upper-division students in a 2-year research and graduate school preparation internship.


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