Our activities for undergraduates involve not only classroom
education, but hands-on research as well. It is critical for
young researchers to become part of the intellectual community
of the C-DEBI laboratories and to get a certain amount of
ownership of the research and discoveries. Our ideal candidate is early in their college career, scientifically curious and a hard-working learner, an individual willing to explore science careers and graduate education who is able to commit to 4-8 weeks away for summer and open to people and experiences that may be different.
C-DEBI Summer Course for Undergraduates
Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM)
Focusing on environmental microbiology, this four week course integrates classroom learning with field sampling and laboratory protocols to engage students in scientific analysis and learning.
Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE)
CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, non-residential, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Students will gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of
Southern California (USC). In addition to research, students will participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students will present their results to an audience of peers and mentors.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371
During spring and fall semesters, students can get hands-on
experience in faculty laboratories under the mentorship of
faculty and graduate students as part of the C-DEBI "Deep
Scholars" Program. During the summer months, several
options exists within our partner institutions such as: