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September 5, 2012

Undergraduate Researchers Present at UCSB 2012 Summer Colloquium

Students in science, engineering, and the humanities complete research internship programs at UCSB

More than 150 undergraduate students from UC Santa Barbara and dozens of other US and international colleges and universities presented their summer research projects this month in two Undergraduate Summer Colloquia. Undergraduate students showed off their new found knowledge and research findings across many disciplines in Engineering, Humanities and the Sciences. Representing the variety of internship programs at UCSB, students shared the results of their work with each other and enthusiastic supporters.

The colloquium represents the wealth of research internship programs at UCSB and reflects the unwavering support for innovative undergraduate training. Students presented from diverse disciplines and research topics, including photovoltaic materials, pharmaceutical technology, societal implications of technology, and impacts of social media.

Faculty, graduate student and postdoctoral mentors joined the campus community to support the undergraduate researchers, who presented their findings in a poster session at Elings Hall at UCSB. Participants were from a variety of backgrounds, including competitive research fellowships, community college programs, and international research exchange programs.

UC Santa Barbara Undergraduate Research Programs include:

Academic Research Consortium
Hosted through the Graduate Division, this summer research experience offers a wide array of research projects to students from universities nation-wide.

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 10-week intensive research experience, UCSB students work in a laboratory with mentors in engineering, technology, science or mathematics. Students also present their research 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.

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

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 Foundation.

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.  

NNIN Research Experience for Undergraduates
Brings undergraduate students to UCSB for a 10-week research program in hands-on nanofabrication research in biology, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics and optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences.  

Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Sponsored by the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory and the College of Engineering, RISE is a 10-week research internship program for science and engineering students from colleges and universities across the United States.

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.

UCSB-FAMU Educational Evaluation Research Scholars
The Educational Evaluation Research Scholars Program offers FAMU (College of Education at Florida A&M University) students a 7-week summer program designed to train students in educational evaluation, prepare them for doctoral work, and encourage them to consider a UC graduate program.

2012 Worster Summer Research Fellowship
This summer undergraduate research program at the Physics Department supports 10-week research projects by undergraduates mentored by a graduate student and a faculty member over the summer.


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