Undergraduate Summer Research
Summer BioEnergy Research Program
Since 2010, Cal-CAB has given students the opportunity to gain hands on experience in UCSD and SIO labs through its Summer BioEnergy Research Program. Supported in the past by the CA Department of Labor EDGE grant, the DOE CAB-Comm grant and our commercial partners, this program has trained over 70 students, helping many of them to gain employment in the algae and biotechnology industries. Many have also gone on to be accepted into graduate programs.
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- Provide students with the skills to become research scholars
- Stimulate students' serious consideration of graduate study
- Increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing a professional or academic research career in bioenergy
Each participant is matched with a member of Cal-CAB's distinguished faculty and works in one of UCSD or SIO’s state-of-the-art research facilities. Participants will work with both a faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects and involves a broad range of research techniques that are feasible within the internship period. In addition to lab work, students will participate in at least one science field trip to the UC San Diego Biology Field Station or a local algae biotechnology company. The program will culminate with a research symposium where each student is required to present a short talk on their summer project in front of the faculty, lab mentors, and other student interns.
Students participating in the Cal-CAB Summer BioEnergy Research Program will receive a small stipend for the duration of the program. Please note: no housing arrangements will be provided.
Applications are open to current UC undergraduate students with the right to work in the US, as per federal grant rules. Internships will not be available to applicants who already received a paid Cal-CAB summer internship, via EDGE or other Cal-CAB funding.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2016 Summer Bioenergy Research Program are TBA.
Additional Summer Research Opportunities at UCSD
Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Scholars Research Program
UCSD undergraduates also have the opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship with a Cal-CAB faculty member through the Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Scholars Research Program. Students must propose a ten-week research project with a faculty advisor. The program also includes career development workshops, lab tours, social events and a final poster presentation.
For additional opportunities available to UCSD students, check out the UCSD Academic Enrichment Programs and UCSD Scholarshippages.