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 weeks away for summer and open to people and experiences that may be different.
C-DEBI Summer Course for Undergraduates
Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM)
Microbes are the beginning and end for almost every process
on earth! From hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean,
to tropical rainforests near the equator, and from the North
to South Pole, microbiologists uncover their secrets.
At Hot Springs (Photo by A. Close)
At Owens Salt Lake (Photo by J. Heidelberg)
you want to come exploring? You don't have to travel that
far - only off the coast of California to Catalina Island.
In partnership with the National Science Foundation, C-DEBI
offers a course in microbiology and microbial ecology. Taught
by Drs. John
Heidelberg and Eric
Webb, this field-based, hands-on course will be:
- Offered at the University of Southern California
- Four weeks in length in the Summer of 2012
- Week 1 USC with lectures and labs
- Week 2 spent in the Eastern Sierra Mountains
- Weeks 3 and 4 at Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island
So come and get your "feet wet" in microbial ecology
and learn what bacteria are, how they work, and what they
do. Explore DNA, genetics and genomics and their potential
function in the environment. Figure out how microbes are used
- not just for wine and cheese.
Course expenses, room and board are paid for by C-DEBI.
Applications due: February 1, 2013
Course begins: July 8, 2013
Course ends: August 2, 2013
Please contact Cindy
Joseph at email@example.com
with any questions.
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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.
- Paid ($3840 stipend), non-residential, 8-week research internship at USC
- Conduct research 35-40 hours/week, focused on a project in a lab
- Mentored and trained in research procedures
- Excited to do research (but do not have prior research experience)!
- Currently enrolled in a community college, planning to transfer to a 4-year university within the year and major in a science discipline
- Completed 2 semester-long science courses (biology, chemistry, math, geology, etc.) e.g., one semester of biology, another semester of chemistry
- Minimum 3.25 Overall GPA
Application should include:
- Cover page including your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and indicate your Biology or Geology research preference
- 1 page essay of why you want to participate in CC-RISE
- Copy of transcript (unofficial version is accepted)
- 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members (if submitted with application, letters should be signed and sealed)
Application due: March 1, 2013
Internship: June 17-August 9, 2013
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (213) 740.5491
Email/mail applications to:
Dr. Stephanie Schroeder, C-DEBI Education Director
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway
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: